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The live-action “Cowboy Bebop,” Ewan McGregor in “Halston,” and Ava DuVernay’s “Colin in Black and White” spotlight the Netflix 2021 slate.

With critical competitors coming from Disney+ and HBO Max, to not point out the unstable process of churning out content material amid a pandemic, Netflix has loads of challenges forward in 2021. However the reigning titan of streaming stays a mandatory utility for many TV customers — weathering all storms put in its path — so for as completely different as the brand new yr is certain to be, one query nonetheless issues most: What buzzy unique collection can Netflix launch to maintain subscribers completely happy?

Under, IndieWire has collected 16 new reveals which are certain to get individuals speaking, from long-anticipated variations (“Cowboy Bebop”) to the subsequent lavish Ryan Murphy interval drama (“Halston”) to hidden gems with awards potential (“Maid,” “Inventing Anna,” and “Items of Her”). (Loads of returning reveals will preserve audiences streaming as nicely, so check out the underside of this text for six new seasons of established favorites.)

To be clear, these upcoming packages are both already scheduled or totally anticipated to premiere this yr, so you possibly can relaxation assured in what’s coming. The pandemic will proceed to wreak havoc on scheduling, however these titles are in a first-rate place to come back out sooner fairly than later. Within the record under, study all about Netflix’s 2021 dramas, comedies, restricted collection, and extra, from plot descriptions and solid lists to manufacturing timelines and doable premiere dates. So go forward and get excited. Netflix isn’t operating wanting content material, and time will inform if it’s acquired essentially the most new reveals you wish to see.

“The Crew”

Style: Comedy Sequence:
Launch Date: Manufacturing accomplished. Confirmed for 2021
Forged: Kevin James, Freddie Stroma, Paris Berelc, Sarah Stiles, Jillian Mueller
Showrunner: Jeff Lowell

Following within the footsteps of fellow late ’90s sitcom stars like Ashton Kutcher in addition to his good buddy Adam Sandler, Kevin James is making the transfer to Netflix — and he’s taking the multi-cam format with him! “The Crew” sees James enjoying Bobby Spencer, a NASCAR crew chief who’s rankled when his boss steps down and places his daughter, Catherine (Jillian Mueller) answerable for the titular group. The 2 butt heads over how finest to construct a successful automobile, as Bobby’s old skool strategy clashes with the “tech reliant millennial’s” type. Tune in to look at Gen X and pre-Gen Z conflict, compromise, and, after all, come collectively for the betterment of the group.

“Dad, Cease Embarrassing Me”

Style: Comedy Sequence
Launch Date:
Manufacturing full. Confirmed for 2021
Forged: Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Kyla-Drew
Director: Ken Whittingham (pilot)
Showrunner: Bentley Kyle Evans

Impressed by Jamie Foxx’s relationship along with his daughter, we will’t say for positive if “Dad, Cease Embarrassing Me” was born from the one-time Oscar winner’s flip in “Venture Energy,” or internet hosting the sport present “Beat Shazam,” however actually a kind of initiatives evoked sufficient teenage mortification to supply the title. Persevering with the Foxx connections, his closest collaborators on the brand new Netflix multi-cam comedy share knowledgeable historical past with the star. On digital camera, Foxx might be joined by his former “In Residing Shade” co-star David Alan Grier, whereas the collection’ showrunner, Bentley Kyle Evans, served as an government producer on “The Jamie Foxx Present.” In case that’s not sufficient Foxx ties, the lead will play a number of roles, so prepare for all of the Foxx you possibly can deal with from this one.

“Shadow and Bone”

Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing full. Q2 2021
Forged: Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Equipment Younger, Amita Suman
Showrunner: Eric Heisserer

Primarily based on the fantasy ebook collection by Leigh Bardugo, “Shadow and Bone” follows a teenage orphan named Alina Starkov (performed by Jessie Mei Li) who discovers an influence inside her that has the potential to unite a divided nation. Can it fend off the creatures lurking in perpetual darkness, ready to feast on human flesh? Can it topple Normal Kirigan, aka The Darkling, the chief of a gaggle of individuals referred to as the Grisha who can wield components (hearth, wind, and so forth.) at their command? Perhaps, however odds are extra magic might be wanted to outlive and produce about lasting peace, on this actually darkish and undoubtedly gritty adaptation from “Arrival” and “Chicken Field” screenwriter Eric Heisserer.

BIRDS OF PREY, from left: Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Roman Sionis, 2020. ph: Claudette Barius / © Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection

Ewan McGregor in “Birds of Prey”

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Style: Restricted Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing full. Confirmed for 2021
Forged: Ewan McGregor, Krysta Rodriguez, Rory Culkin, Rebecca Dayan, Sullivan Jones, David Pittu, Gian Franco Rodriguez
Govt Producers: Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dan Minahan
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Sharr White
Director: Dan Minahan (pilot)

Regardless of mixed evaluations for his preliminary Netflix originals, design has by no means been an issue for Ryan Murphy, which may bode nicely for “Halston,” the prolific producer’s newest restricted collection concerning the mononymous dressmaker, Halston. Starring Ewan McGregor because the Iowa-born, Studio 54-bred artist, the five-episode biopic tracks his progress by the ’70s and ’80s into an internationally famend model, earlier than a hostile takeover prices him every little thing — even his identify. Talking of names, “Halston” is full of them: Krysta Rodriguez will play Liza Minnelli, Rory Culkin is Joel Schumacher, and, this being a Murphy joint primarily based in historical past, you higher imagine extra notables of yesteryear will seem. Whether or not this ends the creator’s chilly streak is a bit more up within the air.

“Jupiter’s Legacy”

Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing full. Confirmed for 2021
Forged: Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Andrew Horton, Elena Kampouris, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter
Govt Producers: Steven S. DeKnight, Dan McDermott, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Sang Kim
Writers: Steven S. DeKnight (pilot), Mark Millar (creator)
Director: Steven S. DeKnight (pilot)

Following the success of “The Umbrella Academy” (and the MCU, DCEU, Amazon’s “The Boys,” The CW’s complete programming block, and so forth.), Netflix is doubling down on the superhero style with “Jupiter’s Legacy,” an adaptation of “Kingsman” and “Kick-Ass” comedian ebook creator Mark Millar’s graphic novels. The brand new drama noticed showrunner, author, and director Steven S. DeKnight exit midway by the shoot over inventive variations, however Sang Kim stepped in, and now “Jupiter’s Legacy” is about to roll out Season 1 in 2021, telling the story of the world’s first era of superheroes wrestle to cross the torch to their super-children. Whether or not they’re capable of carve out a clean transition is much less in query than whether or not “Jupiter’s Legacy” can set up a transparent way forward for its personal amid all of the hubbub.

“The Upshaws”

Style: Comedy Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing full. Confirmed for 2021
Forged: Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields
Showrunners: Regina Y. Hicks, Wanda Sykes

One other multi-camera comedy from Netflix, “The Upshaws” payments itself as a return to the “humorous and complex” Black household sitcoms of the previous, the place everybody watching can snort together with the stay viewers whereas studying a couple of issues on the similar time. Mike Epps, Kim Fields, and Wanda Sykes star as a working-class household in Indiana, who could not all the time get alongside — or get it proper — however they’re attempting their finest. Epps’ Bennie Upshaw owns a storage; Fields performs Regina, his spouse, who works at an area hospital, and Sykes is her sister, Lucretia, who lives off incapacity advantages however continually berates Bennie for not doing higher by his spouse and youngsters. Collectively, they’ll sort out elevating the youngsters in 2021 America, discovering laughs wherever they will. Right here’s hoping “The Upshaws” fills the TV hole left by NBC’s “The Carmichael Present.”

“Candy Tooth”

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“Candy Tooth”

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Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing full. Confirmed for 2021
Forged: Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, Stefania LaVie Owen, Dania Ramirez, Aliza Vellani and Will Forte, with James Brolin because the voice of the narrator.
Govt Producers: Linda Moran, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Amanda Burrell, Jim Mickle
Author/Director: Jim Mickle

Following up “Dolittle” with one other family-friendly, animal-related journey, Staff Downey (producers Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey) has tailored Jeff Lemire’s DC Comics’ collection, “Candy Tooth,” right into a live-action TV present. In it, Gus lastly leaves his house within the forest solely to find the skin world has been devastated by a cataclysmic occasion. So he does what anybody would do: He finds a brand new household made up of half-human, half-animal kids similar to him. Oh, did I neglect to say that Gus is a component deer? My dangerous. “Candy Tooth” partially revolves round how these so-called “hybrids” got here to be, however it’s unclear the place else this four-quadrant adaptation will go, given the unique comedian handled extra grownup matters like busting up prostitution rings and mad scientists’ evil experiments on pregnant ladies. Tune in to search out out! Or, you realize, watch “Dolittle” once more. Both manner, the Downeys might be completely happy.


Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: In manufacturing. Slated for 2021.
Forged: Margaret Qualley, Andie MacDowell, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose
Govt Producers: Margot Robbie, John Wells, Tom Ackerley, Brett Hedblom, Erin Jontow, Molly Smith Metzler, Stephanie Land
Showrunner: Molly Smith Metzler

Margaret Qualley, 4 years faraway from her breakout flip in “The Leftovers” and her star-proving efficiency in “Novitiate,” is lastly entrance and heart in a present of her personal. “Maid” is customized from Stephanie Land’s memoir “Maid: Arduous Work, Low Pay, and a Mom’s Will to Survive,” chronicling a single mom named Alex (Qualley) who takes up housekeeping to fend off poverty and homelessness. Produced by Margot Robbie, “Maid” is instructed primarily from Alex’s viewpoint, although search for co-stars Nick Robinson (“A Trainer”), Andie MacDowell, and Anika Noni Rose to make their very own main impression on a grounded examination of poverty in America.

“Cowboy Bebop”

Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: In manufacturing. Slated for 2021.
Forged: John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda, Alex Hassell, Elena Satine, Geoff Stults, Tamara Tunie, Mason Alexander Park, Rachel Home, Ann Truong, Hoa Xuande
Author: Christopher Yost
Director: Alex Garcia Lopez (pilot)
Showrunners: Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum, Jeffrey Pinkner, Andre Nemec

One of many greatest anime collection of all time is getting a live-action model in 2021. “Cowboy Bebop,” primarily based on the 1998 worldwide hit collection, follows a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters employed to search out the photo voltaic system’s most harmful criminals, whereas fleeing from their very own difficult histories. An area western with formidable world-building, staging, and storytelling, “Cowboy Bebop” pushes the originality envelope even additional with its jazz-fueled soundtrack and existential themes, which ought to make it some of the fascinating new collection of the yr, irrespective of how nicely these showrunners pull off a tough adaptation.

“Inventing Anna”

Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing accomplished. Slated for 2021.
Forged: Julia Garner, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Lowes, Laverne Cox, Alexis Ford, Arian Moyaed, Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney
Govt Producers: Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers
Author: Shonda Rhimes (pilot), Jessica Pressler (creator)
Director: David Frankel (pilot)

One other younger actress being elevated to the lead of her personal present, “Inventing Anna” facilities on Julia Garner (“Ozark”) because the eponymous fraudster referred to as Anna Delvey. In 2013, the Russian-born Anna moved to New York Metropolis and pretended to be a German heiress in an effort to work her manner into the great graces of New York’s top-tier social scene, solely to con all these upper-class evening owls out of almost $200,000. “Inventing Anna” relies on Jessica Pressler’s New York Journal article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Celebration Folks” and options “Veep’s” Anna Chlumsky enjoying a fictionalized model of the reporter. However except for its Emmy-certified solid (which additionally contains Laverne Cox), the collection is government produced by Shonda Rhimes, making it a must-see for any drama-loving TV fan, whether or not they’re thrilled to see Garner in her personal present or not.

“Midnight Mass”

Style: Restricted Sequence
Launch Date: Manufacturing accomplished. Anticipated in 2021.
Forged: Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Annabeth Gish, Hamish Linklater, Henry Thomas, Robert Longstreet, Crystal Balint, Rahul Abburi, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Igby Rigney, Annarah Shephard, Samantha Sloyan, Michael Trucco
Govt Producers: Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard, Trevor Macy
Creator/Author/Director: Mike Flanagan

A “mysterious” customer. “Miraculous occasions.” “Scary omens.” Throw in an remoted island setting, and also you’ve acquired a recipe for nice horror — simply ask “The Third Day.” However no, I child: Particulars on “Midnight Mass” are robust to come back by, however Mike Flanagan’s subsequent serialized Netflix providing isn’t more likely to share a lot DNA with HBO’s 2020 restricted collection starring Jude Legislation. For one, I doubt there’s a live episode. For an additional, this one entails a priest and a very new solid, together with a couple of Flanagan favorites, like Rahul Abburi (“The Haunting of Bly Manor”), Henry Thomas (“The Haunting of Hill Home” and “The Haunting of Bly Manor”), and Kate Siegel (each “Hauntings” and “Hush”). With these names concerned, possibly it’s a secret “Haunting” sequel? Time will inform, however it doesn’t matter what “Midnight Mass” seems to be, we’ll be paying shut consideration.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, Amy Adams, 2020. © 20th Century Studios / Courtesy Everett Collection

Amy Adams in “The Lady within the Window”

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“The Lady within the Home”

Style: Restricted Sequence
Launch Date: In manufacturing. Slated for 2021.
Forged: Kristen Bell
Govt Producers: Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, Brittney Segal, Kristen Bell, Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras
Showrunners: Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Rachel Ramras

Will “The Lady within the Home” premiere earlier than “The Lady within the Window”? Given the state of the world, it’s arduous to say whether or not director Joe Wright and screenwriter Tracy Letts’ COVID-delayed adaptation of A.J. Finn’s extremely wanted novel will make it to screens earlier than Kristen Bell’s darkish comedian tackle a “Rear Window” thriller, however right here’s hoping they premiere shut collectively, if solely to confuse each single particular person on the planet. Not solely are the titles mere syllables aside, however the Netflix restricted collection follows a single girl (Bell) who spends her days inside, staring out the window, till she’s alarmed by inexplicable actions throughout the road. Did she witness a homicide, or is she simply imagining issues? Whereas the movie model of those occasions will play its intense thriller as-is  — Adams nonetheless wants that Oscar! — the TV take will supply a little bit of levity to interrupt up the suspense. Nonetheless, in an early effort to assist each advertising departments, say it with me now: “Home” will hit Netflix, and “Window” might be… in theaters? In all probability? Darn it, I believed I had a catchy cheat sheet. Sorry.

“Inside Job”

Style: Animated Comedy Sequence
Launch Date: Pre-production. Anticipated for 2021.
Govt Producers: Shion Takeuchi, Alex Hirsch
Showrunner: Shion Takeuchi

Shion Takeuchi, who labored at Pixar and wrote for “Gravity Falls” and “Disenchantment,” makes her showrunning debut with “Inside Job,” an animated office comedy set in a shadow authorities the place each conspiracy concept is true and one girl has to maintain issues beneath management. Whether or not the Illuninati are attempting to tighten their grip on the world or lizard individuals have infiltrated the White Home, “Inside Job” takes each menace significantly, whereas entertaining audiences with sharp, adult-focused comedy. Takeuchi signed an general cope with Netflix in 2019, and the streamer ordered 20 episodes of her debut collection, so search for extra from this expertise within the foreseeable future.

Colin Kaepernick at arrivals for Camp: Notes on Fashion Met Gala Costume Institute Annual Benefit - Part 4, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY May 6, 2019. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection

Colin Kaepernick in 2019

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Colin in Black and White

Style: Restricted Sequence
Launch Date: Pre-production. Anticipated for 2021.
Forged: Jaden Michael, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Offerman, and Colin Kaepernick (narrator)
Govt Producers: Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury, Colin Kaepernick
Writers: Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury, Colin Kaepernick

Impressed by the early lifetime of activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, “Colin in Black and White” is a six-episode restricted collection monitoring the athlete’s highschool years. Jaden Michael (most lately seen in “The Bug Years” and “Blue Bloods”) will play Kaepernick, Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker will play his adoptive mother and father, Rick and Teresa, and Colin Kaepernick himself will narrate the collection. The biography additionally reunites Ava DuVernay and Michael Starrbury, who final labored collectively on Netflix’s landmark unique, “When They See Us.” (Starrbury co-wrote the fourth and closing episode with DuVernay, who additionally directed.) Although deliberate as a restricted collection, if profitable, there’s no purpose to suppose Kaepernick’s huge depth of expertise and data couldn’t be prolonged to his school {and professional} life, as nicely.

“Items of Her”

Style: Drama Sequence
Launch Date: Pre-production. Anticipated for 2021
Forged: Toni Collette, Bella Heathcote
Govt Producers: Lesli Linka Glatter, Bruna Papandrea, Mikie Spiro, Charlotte Stoudt
Author: Charlotte Stoudt (pilot)
Director: Minkie Spiro (pilot)

From “Homeland” author/producer Charlotte Stoudt and director/government producer Lesli Linka Glatter, “Items of Her” is an adaptation of Karin Slaughter’s 2018 novel a couple of mom/daughter relationship despatched spinning by tragedy and revelation. On her thirty first birthday, Andrea (Bella Heathcote) is caught in a lethal capturing that’s put to a sudden and violent finish by her mom, Laura (Toni Collette). Jarred by her mother’s actions and unaware that the lady she knew can be able to such decisive motion, Andrea doesn’t have lengthy to piece collectively the reality. Laura’s secret previous resurfaces, and Andrea embarks on a cross-country escape to place her life again collectively. “Items of Her” will even be directed by TV veteran Minkie Spiro (“”The Plot Towards America,” “Barry,” “Higher Name Saul”).

“True Story”

Style: Restricted Sequence
Launch Date: Pre-production. Anticipated for 2021
Forged: Kevin Hart, Wesley Snipes
Govt Producers: Charles Murray, Eric Newman, Kevin Hart, Stephen Williams
Author: Eric Newman
Administrators: Stephen Williams, Hanelle M. Culpepper
Showrunner: Charles Murray

To be clear, “True Story” will not be, actually, a real story. This may be complicated, and I don’t simply imply due to the title. The dramatic restricted collection stars Kevin Hart as “Child,” a world-famous comic who will get into a foul state of affairs in a single day along with his wayward older brother that might in the end price him his profession. However hey, Child’s brother is performed by Wesley Snipes, and Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes are not precise brothers. So there you go. It’s not actual.

All jokes apart, “True Story” is loaded with potential. Not solely is Newman a gifted author and Snipes an actor able to churning out gold, however the first 4 episodes are directed by Stephen Williams — the Emmy-winner behind “Watchmen” Episode 6 — and the final 4 are dealt with by Hanelle M. Culpepper (“Star Trek: Discovery,” “Counterpart”). Come to see Hart act in a drama (whereas nonetheless enjoying a comic); keep to see what Williams and Culpepper can do with the digital camera.

And Six Returning Sequence Set for 2021:

“By no means Have I Ever” Season 2
“Lifeless to Me” Season 3
“Intercourse Schooling” Season 3
“The Child-Sitters’ Membership” Season 2
“Ozark” Season 4 (Half 1)
“The Witcher” Season 2

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