News from the Netflix presentation at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association summer meeting in Beverly Hills, California
▪ Superhero news: The streaming site Netflix says it hopes to release a new Marvel series every six months. Next up: “Jessica Jones,” will debut by the end of 2015.
Marvel series’ will be supplemented with new content featuring the Defenders, an Avengers-like group whose characters include Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
All four will join forces in a combined “Defenders” season after each has been introduced with its own first season. “Daredevil,” which premiered this spring, has been picked up for a second season.
Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos acknowledged the possibility of a spinoff on “Daredevil” villain, The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. He will appear in season 2 of “Daredevil.”
▪ Keeping “Kimmy” clean: Don’t expect cursing or nudity on the second season of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Co-creator and executive producer Tina Fey says being in the Netflix world doesn’t mean she plans to go overboard, noting that many people tell her they watch the show with their children.
“I think it does give us license to play with time and culture or to potentially offend an advertiser or the NFL,” she joked.
“Kimmy Schmidt,” about a young woman (Ellie Kemper) rescued from a cult who begins a new life in New York, was originally intended to air on NBC. It wasn’t until after filming was completed that it moved over to Netflix.
Editors were able to go back in and make the episodes a bit longer and add in jokes that might not have made it past network censors.
Shooting on the second season of “Kimmy” begins next month.
▪ More “Arrested”? There may be another season of “Arrested Development” after all.
Netflix, which aired a fourth season of the show in 2013, is planning to bring the cast, including Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett, together for more episodes, but Sarandos says the sticking point seems to be coordinating their busy schedules.
“We are plugging along,” he said. “It’s a very long complex deal to make for these guys because the talent is very busy and working on other shows, but also because the show is owned by Fox.”
“Arrested Development” aired for three seasons on Fox until its cancellation in 2006.
▪ Adam Sandler on board: Netflix says it’s “thrilled” to be working with Adam Sandler, even if he’s no longer a titan at the box office.
Sandler, whose latest movie, “Pixels,” pulled in $24-million in the U.S. in its first weekend – less than analysts expected – stars in “The Ridiculous Six,” which premieres on Dec. 11 on the streaming site. The movie is one of four he will star in and produce for Netflix.
▪ A Keith Richards doc: Netflix will premiere an original documentary on Keith Richards.
“Keith Richards - Under the Influence” will be available Sept. 18.
Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, the documentary will examine Richards’ musical influences and the genesis of his sound, and follow him as the 71-year-old Rolling Stone prepares for his first solo album in 23 years. “Under the Influence” will have both new and archival footage.
▪ “Fuller House”: The decision to reboot the ABC comedy “Full House” on Netflix with most of the original cast came down to the idea of families watching TV together.
“We got very excited about the idea of co-viewing the audience which is very rare on television today,” Sarandos said.
It was also a smart business decision because it’s remained a part of popular culture since going off the air in 1995, thanks to syndication.
The reboot, called “Fuller House,” had its first taping last week. Sarandos said the cast easily slipped back into their characters. As for whether Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen would ever reprise their role of Michelle Tanner, Sarandos said, “the Olsen twins are teetering (over) whether or not they’ll be around.”
▪ Ansari masters comedy: Aziz Ansari is getting his own Netflix series.
The comic has already headlined comedy specials for the streaming site but “Master of None” is a comedy that will follow the actor as an indecisive 30-year-old named Dev, living in New York.
He created the series and will co-executive produce. The cast includes H Jon Benjamin and Eric Wareheim.
“Master of None” hits Netflix on Nov. 6.