The financially successful but creatively uninspired Guy Ritchie movie The Gentlemen is receiving a series adaptation, featuring a brand new cast anchored by Theo James, Kaya Scodelario, and Giancarlo Esposito’s return to the world of televised drug-dealing.
Will Squid Game reclaim its spot as the most popular show in the world?
Squid Game was the most successful show on Netflix upon its release, a genuine global phenomenon that even got turned into a reality-competition show. But now Hwang Dong-hyuk’s dystopian series returns after nearly three years, with a largely new crew of characters accompanying Lee Jung-jae’s everyman protagonist Seong Gi-hun as he attempts to take down the cabal behind the fatalistic challenge.
The third season of Bridgerton will come in two installments, the first of which debuts May 16. This time around, the period romance drama focuses on the fallout between key characters and close friends Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Eloise (Claudia Jessie). “Bridgerton is about love in its many forms, and that includes friendship,” showrunner Jess Brownell told Entertainment Weekly.
Other noteworthy returners include top tier guilty pleasures like Outer Banks and Emily in Paris, Keri Russell reprising her Emmy-nominated role on season 2 of The Diplomat, a third season of the YA hit Heartstopper, the final seasons of Cobra Kai and Umbrella Academy, and a second season of the massively popular action drama The Night Agent, which debuted last March to colossal viewership numbers.
Drive to Survive and Love is Blind headline the unscripted slate.
With the seismic news that Lewis Hamilton will be leaving Mercedes for Ferrari in 2025, plenty of eyes will be on the Formula One docuseries Drive to Survive for clues about what led to Hamilton’s shocking move. The acclaimed series is set to return on February 23, and while the F1 season it’s covering wasn’t an exciting one, the Drive to Survive producers have always managed to find affecting drama in the travails of up-and-coming drivers. The streamer is also further investing in live sports with The Netflix Slam, a Las Vegas exhibition match between Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. Netflix is also partnering with HYBE, the largest corporation in K-pop, for a series documenting their creation of Katseye, a U.S.-based girl group.
On the more conventional reality show side, we have everyone’s favorite cringe-inducing dating show Love is Blind back in weekly installments beginning February 14, as well as mainstays like Selling Sunset, Unsolved Mysteries, and The Ultimatum. Nearly five years after its inaugural season, the rap reality competition show Rhythm + Flow is back with Ludacris, DJ Khaled, and Latto serving as the celebrity judges. The series has also spawned the first Italian adaptation of a Netflix original, Rhythm + Flow Italy, premiering February 19th, with MCs from Rome, Milan and Naples battling and freestyling their way to a 100,000-Euro prize.
After a lackluster year, Netflix’s comedy programming finally seems promising.
Netlix’s TV division has always had more success with drama and genre projects than comedies, and with Dead to Me and Grace and Frankie both concluding in 2022, there was a hole in the lineup that even Tim Robinson couldn’t fill. Fortunately, the rest of this year seems promising, with several intriguing new projects and the return of a few beloved series.