One thing's for sure; Barb isn't making a triumphant return.
2016 saw a slew of great content come to television, but you'd be hard pressed to find a series more talked about than Netflix original series 'Stranger Things'. Taking place in the fictional town of Hawkins in the US, the show - set in the 80s - followed the usually ordinary story of a boy gone missing. It soon became clear to both viewers and residents of Hawkins however that this was an extraordinary tale.
Charlie Heaton and Natalia Dyer star in the show's second season
The sci-fi-meets-horror series introduced an incredible roster of characters, all with their own intricate backgrounds, emotions and talented assigned actors. From the young to the older members of the cast, this was a true ensemble piece, allowing everybody to shine in equal measure.
The series will be making a return with a whole new set of episodes.
Whether you loved or hated Netflix original series '13 Reasons Why' - based on the Jay Asher novel of the same name - one thing's for sure; it made the world talk. Allowing the viewing public a platform to talk about self harm, rape and a variety of other typically taboo topics, the show told the story of young Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who leaves behind a series of cassette tapes for those she says has wronged her throughout her school life, before killing herself.
Alisha Boe stars alongside Dylan Minnette
Certain scenes courted huge controversy. There were calls for the one in which viewers see Hannah slash her wrists in the bathtub to be removed from the show, or for stronger warnings to be given for those who may log on to the streaming service and watch the offending episode. Other scenes depicting rape were also slammed for being too graphic, but the showrunners, cast and crew stood by their decisions.
Continue reading: '13 Reasons Why' Season 2 Starts Filming
The show won't return despite viewers rallying behind it.
Despite the love for the Wachowski sisters' sci-fi Netflix original series 'Sense8', the show has been cancelled after two seasons. Bringing together a story of eight diverse people all brought together by their special 'Sensate' abilities, they discovered they were emotionally and mentally linked, but hunted by those scared by their power.
Tuppence Middleton made her return for the show's second season
A bit of a sleeper hit for Netflix, the show amassed an incredible following, but clearly not one big enough to warrant spending money on the series. Following on from the cancellation news, thousands signed a number of different petitions which they then forwarded on to Netflix, as well as ringing the offices and voicing their concerns.
Continue reading: Petitions Can't Save Netflix Original Series 'Sense8'
The streaming service is continuing on with its hugely successful Marvel collaboration.
When Netflix and Marvel revealed they'd come to an agreement on releasing a slew of collaborative original series, not many people knew what to expect. The amount of success those shows released so far as part of that deal have seen however is certainly hugely promising, allowing the companies to branch out even further on their original promises.
Charlie Cox stars in Marvel's original series as titular hero Daredevil
To-date, we've seen at least a single season for each of the four leading heroes - Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist - come to the platform, with 'The Defenders' set to debut in August. That series will bring all four heroes together, forcing them to work alongside one another to take down the biggest and most challenging threat of their lifetimes.
Season 3 already cannot come soon enough.
Last year, Netflix original series 'Stranger Things' landed on the streaming platform and immediately picked up a huge following. Impressing with its slick and unique style of storytelling, the show proved itself to be one of the most intricately written and beautifully presented of the modern day.
Gaten Matarazzo stars alongside Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp and Sadie Sink
Throughout the first season, viewers were taken back in time to the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Set in the 1980s, the series followed the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy, but scenes quickly proved to viewers that this was anything but an 'ordinary' missing child case. When a young girl known only as Eleven arrives on the scene, the citizens of Hawkins begin to come to terms with the fact that everything they once held sacred as truth and reality was to be flipped upside down.
Continue reading: 'Stranger Things' Season 2 Will End With A Cliffhanger
Could we be seeing the same story through somebody else's eyes?
Earlier this year, the first season of Netflix original series '13 Reasons Why' debuted on the streaming service, adapting the Jay Asher young adult novel of the same name. Telling the story of a young Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) - who decides to take her own life but record a series of cassette tapes explaining her reasons for doing so before killing herself - the show quickly became the subject of much criticism for its stark and explicit portrayal of rape and self-harm.
Katherine Langford with '13 Reasons Why' director Tom McCarthy
Despite the critics, there were those that said scenes such as those and the overall storyline presented in '13 Reasons Why' was extremely important, especially for the younger viewers who may be dealing with traumas in their own lives. Whatever the case may be, Netflix saw the success of the show as a reason to renew it for a second season, which we expect will debut at some point next year.
Continue reading: '13 Reasons Why' Executive Producer Teases Season 2
The sci-fi series from Lana and Lilly Wachowski has been cancelled.
The Wachowski sisters' sci-fi Netflix series 'Sense8' has reached the end of the road after just two seasons, as the heads of the streaming service reveal that they have axed the show from their roster. It's not the first Netflix series to get the chop this early on and it won't be the last.
The cast of 'Sense8'
It may be an important development for diversity in television, having won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series last year, but the ratings regrettably just weren't high enough for 'Sense8' to continue on Netflix for another season.
Continue reading: 'Sense8' Is The Latest Netflix Show To Get The Chop
The comedian is returning to stand-up for the first time in 15 years.
Ellen Degeneres is returning to stand-up comedy with a new special for Netflix. It's been a decade and half since the talk show host's last stand-up special, so it didn't take much persuasion from the streaming company to convince her to get back in the game.
Ellen DeGeneres at the 'Finding Dory' premiere
It's now been announced that Ellen DeGeneres will return for a stand-up comedy special for Netflix, after she responded to a Tweet from the streaming service yesterday (May 24th 2017) reading: 'Looks like it's been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?'
Continue reading: Netflix Gets Ellen DeGeneres On Board For A New Stand-Up Comedy Special
'The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance' is the prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 movie.
It's time to immerse ourselves in the world of Jim Henson as he launches a special prequel series to one of his most famous movies. 'The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance' comes to Netflix with 10 episodes of puppet mastery that will begin shooting later this year.
'The Dark Crystal' was released in 1982
More then 35 years since the release of Jim Henson's BAFTA nominated puppet fantasy 'The Dark Crystal', Netflix are unveiling a precursor to the story in the form of a series that takes place many years before events in the movie on the planet of Thra.
Smith was speaking at a press conference of the Cannes film festival jury on Wednesday.
Will Smith has used his position on the jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival to launch a passionate defence of streaming giant Netflix, in disagreement with the jury’s president, director Pedro Almodovar.
Smith was part of a four-strong jury that gave a press conference at the annual film festival in the south of France on Wednesday afternoon (May 17th), alongside president Almodovar, another director in the shape of Paolo Sorrentino and Hollywood A-lister Jessica Chastain.
The topic of discussion soon got onto the Netflix revolution, which is disrupting the conventional film industry because it distributes films often without giving them a theatrical release at all. Two of the films touted for the Palme d’Or this year didn’t get a French cinematic release until very recently (Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories), and it has made French distributors upset.
Continue reading: Will Smith Launches Defence Of Netflix At Cannes Film Festival
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos with his daughter Sarah Sarandos at the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 25th February 2017