Netflix has made two announcements today, the first a new comedy series entitled “Friends from College” rom “Neighbors” helmer Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco. The husband and wife team will serve as executive producers and writers, while Stoller will also direct all eight episodes.
Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park star in the show about a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their forties and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, both professionally and domestically. Filming begins this fall in New York.
The second announcement is that Netflix is teaming with CBC on “Anne,” the forthcoming TV adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” novels. Emmy-winning writer Moira Walley-Beckett (Breaking Bad) serves as executive producer while acclaimed “Whale Rider” director Niki Caro will helm the eight-episode drama.
The story follows a young orphaned girl in 1890, who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time, 13-year-old Anne transforms their lives and eventually the small town in which they live with her spirit, intellect and imagination. The series will stream globally on Netflix and air on CBC in Canada in 2017.