With the Netflix TCA Summer Tour this morning, the producers of the streaming service’s various shows have offered updates on where they’re going next.
“Sense8” executive producer J. Michael Straczynski has revealed that his and the Wachowski’s sci-fi series has yet to receive a second season renewal: “We’re still awaiting word [about season two], and we’re cautiously optimistic, but it’s Netflix’s call.”
He was also asked about a long-term plan for the intricate plots in the series? “The way that the Wachowskis and I tend to work – we created the show together and we are running the show together – we are long-thinking people. We look down the road and we say to ourselves, ‘Where is this going to go?’ Season one is like an origin story and season two has some particular arc and we figure it out from there. But to spoil that here would not be the best interest of the surprise at the end.”
Meanwhile, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” begins production of its second season in mid-August. With this being the first season produced exclusively for Netflix, creator Tina Fey says they will not up level of adult language/content in season two in order not to mess with the existing tone.
It will, however, have an impact on episode runtimes which are expected to go beyond the usual network 21-22 minute standard but will still be no bigger than thirty minutes.
Finally there’s “Arrested Development” and the question of whether Netflix will go ahead with a potential fifth season. Sarandon says: “We’re plugging along. It’s a long, complex deal. The talent is very busy… and it’s owned by Fox. [However] it is our intent to have a new season. All the negotiations are underway.”