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!


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Jan 09, 2015

Very smart to stick to the idea of not releasing viewership data.
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Jan 09, 2015
Ellie Kemper really seemed to be on the verge of a major breakout a few years ago. Now her show has been dropped to Netflix (although yes, that's probably a good thing). What happened?
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Jan 09, 2015

For the love of God Arrested Development! Just make the damn movie already!!! It's time to do it. Before the critically acclaim slips too much.
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Jan 09, 2015
Daredevil's early news has been all good. If done right I really feel this could be Marvel's version of Batman.
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Jan 08, 2015
Looking forward to Daredevil!
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Jan 08, 2015
All hail Lord Netflix, King of the Future and Bringer of Quality Televisual Entertainment.

Looking forward to all of those.

Also, BoJack Horseman was fantastic.
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Jan 08, 2015
Glad to hear these are coming because there January slate was not strong. Why don't they just post a list of what's coming for their loyal viewers. I found one list that stays updated but is not sortable http://www.vunify.com/whats-on/new-on-netflix
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Jan 08, 2015
I still find it out that Netflix refuse to release their viewership numbers, but then again, I don't really care about how many people watched BoJack Horseman - only that Netflix continues to make it until the end of time.
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Jan 08, 2015
Ugh. Please, please tell me that Daredevil pic (of blocks of the city being lit with Daredevil's insignia) is just a promo shot, or a shot from the beginning credits, and not a shot from the actual show...

One of the many, many horrible things about the movie was that it portrayed DD as somebody who had the time, priority, and inclination to leave his mark everywhere. As opposed to spending his time on things that actually matter to people. Just one of the many ways that the movie fell down on the basic task of, "write a superhero that we can root for." DD has a lot of issues in the comics, that make him a flawed hero, but there's a pretty big difference between a flawed hero and a narcissist.

Sorry. It's just a knee-jerk reaction to that picture. On a different note, I am glad to hear the release date - it gives me a time to subscribe to Netflix for a month. :) Anybody know if Daredevil will always be on Netflix after that date, or if it expires at some point so we won't be able to stream it anymore? I may wait until after all 4 shows come out to purchase a month, if all 4 will be there waiting for me.
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Jan 08, 2015
It's not going to be on the show. It's from a famous Daredevil comic book cover.
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Jan 08, 2015
Long live Netflix!! Thank you for rescuing the best show on TV, Longmire!!!!
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Jan 08, 2015
I admit I'm a Netflix fan. That said, I wish they would catch up their Big 4 network shows. I.E.: I've been waiting over a year fort hem to catch-up on Justified. There are other shows in the same boat but I won't waste ink listing them here. Speed up the process Netflix! Thanks.
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Jan 07, 2015
Yea for Longmire
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Jan 07, 2015
NETFLIX FOR PRESIDENT???

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Jan 07, 2015
Translation: Netflix is taking over the world.
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Jan 07, 2015
Perhaps with Netflix besides viewers it's also about quality and word of mouth. In other words, networks cancel shows before they can get a good following.
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Jan 07, 2015
Great news on Daredevil, terrible news on the rest of their Marvel shows having such an extreme timeline. They really should consider releasing 4 episodes at once every quarter of a different thing, I don't want to wait 3 more years to see the rest of these.

Kimmy Schmidt I think isn't going to flourish with a Netflix all-at-once dump, this sounds like the sort of show where watching her react to new stimuli that the rest of us take for granted would work better paced out throughout a season than all at once. "Kimmy is amazed at the machine with 150 sodas", "Kimmy is dazzled at using Snapchat", "Kimmy becomes confused as New Yorkers hoot at her in the street", etc., that's the sort of thing that's cute once a week but grows tiresome quickly.
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Jan 09, 2015
Agreed, very disappointing on the timeline. I was hoping that if they could really nail this one season, then they could immediately create a trilogy of films.
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Jan 09, 2015
Forgot to mention: I was expecting the timeline to be along the lines of six months apart at the very least.
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Jan 07, 2015
Actually there are going to be 5 Netflix original marvel shows 4 with daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and Jessicla Jones. After all of those shows there will be a crossover show titled The Defenders and all 4 show will come together for a "tv Avengers"
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Jan 07, 2015
Grace and Frankie aka when Sorkin worlds collide.

I plan on watching all of these. Netflix, why you so good?

Also I took the BoJack Buzzfeed quiz this morning and got Todd and I wanted to be angry but instead I just sighed.
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Jan 07, 2015
"the others feature characters like Jessica Jones and Luke Cake" - So... who is this Luke Cake? An unexpected new amalgamation of Luke Cage and Cake Boss? Will all of his cakes have hardened skin and superior strength and dexterity? Or will he just be an ex-con who coats himself in frosting each day to go out and serve up justice one slice at a time???
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Jan 07, 2015
I plan on taking full credit for this when I take it to Marvel.
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Jan 08, 2015
When Daredevil and the other marvel shows are released will you be reviewing them i think that will be cool because you can compare it to agents of shield
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Jan 08, 2015
Well that doesn't sound like a fair comparison at all
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Jan 09, 2015
Yeah I know both of the shows will be different tonally with daredevil being street level and shield dealing with global problems. What i mean is the quality of the show when compared to each other like the way shield was slow in the beginning will daredevil encounter the same problems. Also i would like kaitlin to be the one reviewing the marvel shows and to see which one is the best one of them all. I think daredevil will be the best marvel show
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Jan 08, 2015
I'll give you the indestructible cakes, but if you take the frosting coated crusader from me I will see you in maritime court at eight bells!
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Jan 07, 2015
Seriously. If we can have Ant-Man, we can have Luke Cake.
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Jan 08, 2015
It starts with Ant Man, but I think we all know Squirrel Girl is right around the corner with a Great Lakes Avengers movie somewhere around Phase 4 or 5.
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Jan 08, 2015
You know a GLA movie is happening. Phase 4 or 5 will be right around the time Marvel embraces deliberate self parody as the final phase before a complete Marvel movie universe reboot.
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Jan 08, 2015
I worry by that point DC still won't have gotten anything significant or worthwhile off the ground in their movie universe while still completely ignoring the strong foundation built up in their TV universe.
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