The next wave of original programming from Netflix is officially on the way. Today the streaming giant announced premiere dates for a number of new shows, including fan favorite Orange is the New Black and Sense8, the sci-fi drama series created by the Wachowskis and famed writer J. Michael Straczynski. The latter series, which is set to debut on June 5th, has been in development since 2013 and will follow eight so-called "sensates": individuals linked to one another through technological means after a tragic accident.
It's just one premiere in what promises to be a very busy few months for Netflix. The third season of Orange Is the New Black — which took home three Emmys last year including Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy — is set to premiere on June 12th. The Nina Simone documentary What Happened, Miss Simone will debut two weeks later on June 26th, followed on July 17th by the hotly anticipated Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Netflix needs to keep the pressure on
This past Friday, Netflix released the latest season of its flagship series House of Cards and is building up a formidable slate of original programming for 2015, with comedy specials from Jen Kirkman and Chris D'Elia also on the way (not to mention the April 10th debut of Daredevil). The company will need to keep the pressure on, as shows like Amazon's Transparent have proven that Netflix doesn't have a monopoly on compelling, award-winning programs.