Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) took a big gamble in 2013 with high-budget original series like “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black,” and it paid off.
“House of Cards” became the first TV series to win a primetime Emmy Award without ever broadcasting on a network or cable channel. The hit series won three Emmys for “Outstanding Casting in a Drama Series,” “Outstanding Cinematography for a Single Camera Series,” and “Outstanding Director.” In total, “House of Cards” was nominated for nine Emmy Awards.
“Orange is the New Black,” became Netflix’s most-watched original series and generated a ton of positive buzz on social media.
Both series helped Netflix add 1.29 million more members in the U.S. and 1.44 million new members internationally in the third quarter, bringing in a net income of $32 million.
To build on that success, Netflix is doubling its investment in original content, and has a whole bunch of new programs coming out this year. Here’s what you can look forward to on Netflix in 2014.
1. “House of Cards” Season 2 – February 14, 2014.
The hit political drama starring Kevin Spacey will return on Valentine’s Day. Who needs flowers and candy?
2. “Orange is the New Black” Season 2 – Spring 2014
Piper and the rest of the gang return in this dark comedy-drama set in a women’s federal prison. The second season promised to focus more on the group rather than just on Piper.
3. Sense8 – Late 2014
This highly-anticipated sci-fi thriller comes from collaboration between the Wachowskis, of “Matrix” fame, and J. Michael Straczynski, the creator of Babylon 5. The show will apparently focus on people around the world with abilities to communicate telepathically.
4. Hemlock Grove, Season 2
A more specific date hasn’t been set, but Eli Roth’s horror show will be back and gorier than ever. Roth promises more sexy monsters, mystery and twists.
5. Bojack Horseman
Featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Aaron Paul, this animated series for adults is about a horse that loves whiskey and his human sidekick. The horse used to be a TV star (retired Mr. Ed?), and Amy Sedaris plays his former lover, who is a cat. Naturally.
6. Marco Polo
Produced by the Weinstein brothers, this drama focuses on the explorer Marco Polo, not the summertime swimming-pool game. There will be political intrigue, adventure and battles with Chinese conquerors.
Not much is known about this show, other than it will revolve around the life and times of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.
Which Netflix original series are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section.