Netflix greenlights comedy series Dead to Me from writer Liz Feldman
Netflix has given the green light to a new series to be produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
Written by Liz Feldman, Dead to Me is described as a dark comedy about the powerful friendship that blossoms between a tightly wound widow and a free spirit with a shocking secret.
Netflix has commissioned a first series of 10 episodes; there's no information yet on who will appear in it.
Ferrell and McKay have previously worked together on I'm Sorry, Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys. Through their Gloria Sanchez Productions company, they are currently producing Drunk History for Comedy Central, now about to enter its sixth season, and the airline comedy LA to Vegas for Fox.
Meanwhile, Feldham's most recent projects include CBS comedies The Great Indoors and 2 Broke Girls, and she's also the creator of NBC comedy series One Big Happy. It's an impressive production line-up, in other words.
Netflix is planning a big ramp up of content this year, with reports of 700 new TV shows and movies to come, costing the company a whacking 8bn USD. The aim is to reduce its dependence on licensing deals by bringing the amount of home-made content up to 50%.
Netflix goes big on comedy
And comedy is forming a big part of this strategy. Over the last year or so, Netflix has gone big on stand-up in particular, and is now adding a new special every week. The aim seems to be to make Netflix the automatic go-to place for stand-up.
When it comes to comedy series', though, Netflix's success has been a little more patchy. It's probably fair to say that only Orange is the New Black has matched the success of the major hits Stranger Things and House of Cards.
And there have been one or two comedy flops. Girlboss, for example, didn't last long; nor did Disjointed, which has been cancelled after just one season, as has LGBT comedy Everything Sucks!. Still, with so much new content coming online every month, perhaps the odd dud can be forgiven.
The cheapest Netflix subscription will currently set you back £5.99 a month, and you can get a free 30-day trial to see whether it's right for you. The standard package is a little more at £7.99 a month, and includes HD streaming and the ability to watch on two screens at the same time.
If there are more people likely to be watching than that, you're best off going for the premium package, which includes Ultra HD and the ability to have four people watching at once; this costs £9.99 a month.
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