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Next on Netflix: Monarchs, superheroes and best of all, Gilmores

Approx Reading Time-10It behooves one to plan ahead for a Netflix binge. So, while you’re churning through the current catalogue, here’s what’s due up next.

 

A year on from setting up shop in Australia, Netflix has gone from strength to strength. Pumping out hits like House of Cards, Daredevil, and Love; the streaming service also recently released the second series of Tina Fey’s hugely popular Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Showing no signs of letting up, we take a look at a few of the series that you’ll be chilling to before long.

 

Luke Cage

Did you watch Jessica Jones? If you didn’t, start now. It was the best new show released last year. Introduced as a supporting character in the series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) made an impact all on his own as the dedicated crime-fighter with unbreakable skin.

Slated early on to get his own series, filming has already wrapped and with the promise of cameos from his highly successful predecessor, the new adaptation remains an exciting, yet little-known prospect.

Premiere date: September 30

 

The Crown

Netflix has made a huge gamble – staking 100 million pounds on a 6 season dramatisation on the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the rise and fall of Britain’s Prime Ministers. Kicking off with the famous wedding in 1947, The Crown is relying on the recent resurgence in affection for the monarchy amongst cinema-going audiences worldwide, with A Royal Night Out, The Queen and other British fanfare reaching far beyond niche markets.

Starring Claire Foy in the lead role, Doctor Who’s Matt Smith as Prince Philip and John Lithgow as Prime Minister Churchill, The Crown could be hit or miss.

Premiere date: 4 November

 

Gilmore Girls

Remember that show with the super-fast dialogue and the then not-so-famous Melissa McCarthy? As with Full House and Arrested Development, another beloved classic has achieved a revival on Netflix. With the cast set to return (including McCarthy), the revival will run over four 90-minute telemovies and take place in the present day; spanning four seasons in one calendar year, beginning with winter.

 

(Editor’s note: it’s not the actual trailer, but it just got me amped for some reason. Gilmore Girls, it’s real. All of it.)

Premiere date: 2016


Iron Fist

Australia’s David Wenham (best known for playing Faramir in Lord of the Rings) has joined the cast of Iron Fist alongside Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell from Game of Thrones) in the title role. Billed as a “billionaire New York Buddhist monk martial arts superhero,” Iron Fist will continue in the best tradition of Daredevil and Jessica Jones’ ‘street-level superheroes.’ With production ongoing, the success of Game of Thrones and Marvel’s TV iterations will doubtlessly draw fans to what is now a widely unknown entity, but the question is, will such a ridiculous concept hold them?

Premiere date: TBC

 

The Defenders

If you’re itching for more after The Avengers or didn’t find Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman all that, the next big “cinematic universe” won’t be on the big screen unless you can stream Netflix on a really, really big TV. The Defenders will team up Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to fight crime and hopefully deliver some of the best ensemble shots/witty repartee in recent memory. Even with production yet to begin, it’s still one of the more exciting prospects in the ever-evolving world of small-screen culture.

Fingers and toes crossed.

Premiere date: TBC

 

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