Netflix has announced the premiere dates for eight new, highly anticipated series to debut on the streaming service later in the year, including Chef’s Table: France, Joe Swanberg’s Easy, The Ranch, Lovesick, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Captive, Beat Bugs, One Day at a Time and Black Mirror.
Chef’s Table: France is a culinary documentary series that follows a curated selection of chefs throughout France, where audiences can learn about their culinary inspirations, training, how they’ve honed their cooking abilities and formed their individual style. Esteemed chefs will include Alain Passard, Michel Troisgros, Adeline Grattard and Alexandre Couillon. The third installment of the series will premiere on Sept. 22.
Easy, also premiering on Sept. 22, is a fictional anthology series from creator Joe Swanberg that explores modern life in Chicago, including sex, relationships, technology and culture, through the lens of a variety of characters portrayed by some familiar faces. The cast includes Orlando Bloom, Jake Johnson, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Emily Ratajkowski and many more.
Part two of season one of The Ranch premieres globally on Oct. 7. The dysfunctional-family comedy series stars Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson (both That ‘70s Show veterans) as brothers Colt and Rooster Bennett, who will have to prove themselves to their father Beau (Sam Elliot) if they ever hope to become partners, while dealing with more than a few personal problems along the way.
Black Mirror is an anthology series that takes advantage of our fear of the unknown, exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Technology is omnipresent, and Black Mirror questions just how profoundly the modern devices to which we’re tied have impacted our lives, teasing just how little we know about the smartphones in our own pockets. The third season premieres globally on Oct. 21.
Lovesick, premiering globally on Nov. 10. and formerly known as Scrotal Recall, returns for an eight-episode second season starring Johnny Flynn, Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings. The second season of the show will follow the romantic antics and sexual escapades of the three friends as they desperately try to navigate the choppy waters of both casual and meaningful relationships.
Beat Bugs is an animated children’s series that relays fun yet didactic stories filled with hope and melody through the timeless music of The Beatles. Five best friends find out about life, music and adventure in an overgrown suburban backyard to the tune of Beatles classics, on top of contributions by P!nk, Eddie Vedder, James Corden, Regina Spektor, Of Monsters and Men, The Shins, Chris Cornell, Sia and more. Season two premieres on Nov. 18.
The highly anticipated Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life reboot premieres on Nov. 25, encompassing four 90-minute installments for each season of the year and revisiting Stars Hollow and all of your favorite characters of the show, including, of course, Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham as the titular Rory and Lorelai Gilmore. The project is being directed by the original creator of the show, Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Captive is a new documentary series exploring how hostage-taking and the efforts to resolve it, have evolved into an escalating international trend. The episodes look at a wide range of hostage situations from various perspectives, from the victims and their families, negotiators, government officials and the kidnappers themselves. The series premieres on Dec. 19.
One Day at a Time, premiering globally on Jan. 16, 2017, is a fresh take on the Norman Lear classic, starring a Cuban-American family portrayed by Justina Machado, Rita Moreno and others.The story follows a newly single mom raising her kids with the help of her traditionalist Cuban mother. The 13-episode first season is being executive-produced by Lear.
Three Netflix shows have also been renewed for sophomore seasons: Chelsea, Lady Dynamite and Real Rob. On top of these premieres, news has been released about a still-untitled new animated series for children tentatively known as the Motown project, as well as new casting choices for shows Llama, Llama and Greenhouse Academy. Motown legend Smokey Robinson serves as executive producer on the untitled Motown project, which explores the rich cultural and musical history of Detroit through an eight-year-old boy who can bring street art to life. Meanwhile Jennifer Garner has been cast to voice the Mama Llama in a heartwarming children’s series that follows the lead character Llama and his relationships with his friends and family.