Last month, I suggested that Netflix could have an AMC problem, which is to say that, after two big hits right out of the gate — House of Cards and Orange is the New Black — the streaming service has had some difficulties finding its next hit, especially once the novelty of binge-watching new series began to wear off.
Netflix, however, may be poised for a rebound with its 2015 schedule or original programming, which offers the return of House and Orange, as well as a few promising new series.
Here’s what’s on tap, so far, for 2015:
The Fall Season Two (Jan. 16) — Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dormer’s serial killer drama returns next week (and we’ll have a review up later this week).
House of Cards, Season Three (February 27th)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — The Tina Fey series starring Ellie Kemper, previously picked up by NBC but sold off to Netflix. (March 6th)
Bloodline First Season — A family drama thriller starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Ben Mendelsohn, and Sissy Spacek, from the creators of Damages (March 20th)
Daredevil First Season — The first of four planned Marvel series focusing on different Marvel characters that will all eventually merge. (April 10th)
Grace and Frankie — A comedy from Marta Kauffman (Friends) that stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as “frenemies” brought together when their husbands fall in love with each other. (May 8th)
Orange is the New Black, Season Three — Sometime this summer.
Sense8 — A new sci-fi series from the Wachowskis, out this fall.
Narcos — A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, starring Pedro Pascal, which will come out sometime later this year.
Admittedly, despite a relatively weak 2014, I can’t imagine not watching all of those shows, though I am less excited about Netflix’s renewal of Marco Polo, which suggests that the series did as it was intended: Attract an international audience.
Also, as part of a Netflix pact, Adam Sandler has an original movie coming out on the streaming service later this year, and a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is also expected to arrive.