The Television Critics Association holds a press tour twice a year. During these tours network executives and television producers share news about upcoming television projects. Since we’re in a golden age of television (not including The Big Bang Theory), the TCA always leads to some interesting television announcements.
I went without cable for years so I wasn’t really that interested in television. Hulu Plus has definitely expanded my television viewing horizons, but it’s Netflix’s original programming that really has me excited. Daredevil and Jessica Jones did something entirely different with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt helped fill the void left by 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
Netflix is my favorite network. Here is some news bound to get you binge watching.
Jessica Jones Season Two
Daredevil seemed to get renewed for a second season before anyone had streamed its first episode. However, for Miss Jones, the renewal train didn’t leave the station as quickly. This weekend Netflix announced that Jessica Jones would return for a second season, ensuring that we’ll get to see more of Krysten Ritter’s hard living private investigator. Unfortunately no release date has been set, as Netflix has a lot of Marvel ducks to get in a row. Daredevil’s second season is set to premiere on March 18, Luke Cage is coming sometime this year, and Netflix still needs to get Iron Fist and The Defenders off the ground. So, by the time Jessica makes her return, she may have a lot of super hero company in Hell’s Kitchen.
Frank Castle is going to play a major role in season two of Daredevil. The Punisher hasn’t had a great track record so far when it comes to his onscreen adventures. I haven’t seen any version, but according to most critics they’ve left much to be desired. The Punisher is a difficult hero to get right. He’s like Batman if Batman didn’t have a conscience or Deadpool if Deadpool didn’t crack any jokes. It’s difficult to cheer for a vigilante who doesn’t really have any rules and is seeking indiscriminate revenge. I hope that the character gets his due in Daredevil, a turn that could lead to his own series. Over the weekend rumors surfaced that the Punisher was getting his own Netflix series, but that rumor was squashed, though the possibility remains open.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Most of my Netflix viewing is confined to the Marvel universe. I’ve never watched Orange is the New Black, House of Cards or Making a Murderer. I love television, but don’t have that much time to commit to it. However, we make time for what’s important to us and Tina Fey’s television endeavors are important to me. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is Fey’s follow up to 30 Rock, potentially my favorite sitcom of all time. Kimmy Schmidt’s first season introduced us to some amazing characters with whom the audience formed a solid connection. Kimmy’s unbreakable spirit will bring some much-needed levity to tax day when the season premieres on April 15. It may not have super heroes or one of the greatest filmed fight scenes of all time, but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is still Netflix at its best.
I may not have as much time to watch TV as I’d like, but at least there’s something I want to watch when I’ve got the time. I never thought we’d live in world where secondary and tertiary Marvel characters got their own television series, but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts. And hopefully it will last for a long, long time.
What Netflix series are you most excited for?