Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for Bloodline, Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and More

Netflix had the high honor of kicking off the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday morning, and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos celebrated by announcing the renewal of Marco Polo and revealing premiere dates for several of the streaming service's upcoming new shows, including the highly anticipated Bloodline, the new Marvel series Daredevil, and the Tina Fey-produced Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. "We're trying to program something for everyone," Sarandos said of the company's programming strategy."[We're] trying to appeal to a lot of taste and age demographics."

As far as I can tell, Netflix is succeeding. Based on the lineup below, there's something for everyone. So grab your red pen and your brand-new 2015 baby animals calendar and let's get to it!


Up first is new comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and starring The Office's Ellie Kemper, the single-camera sitcom will debut its first season on Friday, March 6. As you might expect, the show centers on a woman named Kimmy Schmidt, a naive twenty-something from Indiana who escapes a Doomsday cult and decides to start her life over in New York City. Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski, and Tituss Burgess round out the instantly likable cast.

Originally developed for NBC, Kimmy made the surprising jump to Netflix in late November. The decision came after several conversations with NBC regarding the show's midseason scheduling. During Kimmy's TCA panel, in which critics asked extremely insightful questions like "What makes words funny?," Tina Fey explained the move to Netflix like so:

"I think it could have been on NBC, and it would have been on NBC, had this deal not come together. From what I read, the networks across the board have had trouble launching their comedies this season. I think we could have been on NBC and people would have found us, but I actually think more people will find us like this."

Translation: When Tina Fey is worried about doing comedy on NBC, there's a problem.



Two weeks after Kimmy's debut—on Friday, March 20—Netflix will release the 13-episode first season of its the mysterious new drama Bloodline, which comes from the creators of Damages. Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks), Norbert Leo Butz (Broadway's Catch Me If You Can), and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) star as four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep of the family (Mendelsohn) returns to the Florida town they call home. Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard play their parents, making Bloodline's cast pretty much the best thing ever. Our only complaint? We have to wait until late March to figure out why that boat in the trailer is burning!


On Friday, April 10, Netflix will release Daredevil, the first of its five planned Marvel series (the others feature characters like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage). Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox stars as Matt Murdock, the blind superhero at the center of the series. Also starring will be Vincent D'Onofrio, Rosario Dawson, and Deborah Ann Woll. As for the rest of Marvel's Netflix series, Sarandos said the service will roll them out at a rate of approximately one per year. Sorry, guys.

Lastly, the new 13-episode comedy Grace and Frankie, which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, will debut on Friday, May 8. The two actresses play frenemies whose lives are turned upside down—and permanently intertwined—when their husbands come out as gay and leave the ladies for each other. Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston co-star as the women's husbands, and Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, and Baron Vaughn round out the cast. 



MORE NOTEWORTHY TIDBITS FROM NETFLIX'S EXECUTIVE PANEL

– As for when we can expect more Arrested Development, it's probably going to be a little while. "As you can imagine, it's a very complicated show to do considering how busy the cast is ... Everyone is trying to make it happen, and we're trying to make it happen on a timeline that works for everybody," Sarandos explained.

– Sarandos briefly discussed Netflix's decision to order a new season of Longmire, citing the show's "very loyal, strong base" as one of the reasons the company chose to save it after A&E canceled it. "At the time it was airing, or the audience it was trying to reach ... it didn't work well for [A&E], but will work well for Netflix," he said. There's still no word on a premiere date, though.

– Sarandos also offered some insight into the mind of the average Netflix viewer. "Typically a Netflix viewer will watch one show at a time. If they start Breaking Bad tonight, they won't watch anything else until they finish Breaking Bad. ... People watch these series from beginning to end. We find there is a very high rate of completion... which is very different from a network show."

– And of course, he didn't say squat about Netflix's viewership numbers or digi-ratings or whatever we're calling them, because the company has no plans to release that sort of data anytime soon. What are you hiding, Netflix!?!? Just tell us how many people watched BoJack Horseman already!