Netflix, the subscription television channel, is exploding in May with original programming, an arena where it’s becoming a major force–and source of work for Hollywood actors, challenging both cable premium channels and movie theaters.
In all, the channel plans to air 25 original shows, including series, specials, movies and documentaries.
Familiar programs like “Scandal” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will also be returning with new episodes.
The streaming service will also debut regular theater attractions like Pixar’s Coco, Mamma Mia!, The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
The kickoff will start May 1 with 30 shows, including movie-going fare like “Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” and “High School Musical 3: Senior Year.”
Among Netflix originals, “A Little Help with Carol Burnett,” will debut May 4, along with “Busted!: Season 1,” “Dear White People: Volume 2” and the original movie “Forgive Us Our Debts.”
Another must-see show will be “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.” He’ll be interviewing Tina Fey.
Later in the month (May 11), the streaming channel will air Season 2 of “Bill Nye Saves the World” and the Netflix original, “Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.”
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Netflix Lineup Explodes in May
May 1 27: Gone Too Soon A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana Amelie Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1 Beautiful Girls
Darc God’s Own Country Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Hellboy II: The Golden Army High School Musical 3: Senior Year John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Mr. Woodcock My Perfect Romance Pocoyo & Cars Pocoyo & The Space Circus Queens of Comedy: Season 1 Reasonable Doubt Red Dragon Scream 2 Shrek Simon: Season 1 Sliding Doors Sometimes – NETFLIX FILM The Bourne Ultimatum The Carter Effect The Clapper The Reaping The Strange Name Movie Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2
May 2 Jailbreak
May 4 A Little Help with Carol Burnett – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Anon – NETFLIX FILM Busted!: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dear White People: Volume 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL End Game – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Forgive Us Our Debts – NETFLIX FILM Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Manhunt – NETFLIX FILM My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey – NETFLIX ORIGINAL No Estoy Loca The Rain: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 5 Faces Places
May 6 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (season one finale May 13) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 8 Desolation Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 9 Dirty Girl
May 11 Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Evil Genius: the True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Spirit Riding Free: Season 5 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Kissing Booth – NETFLIX FILM The Who Was? Show: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 13 Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 14 The Phantom of the Opera
May 15 Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4 Grand Designs: Seasons 13 – 14 Only God Forgives The Game 365: Seasons 15 – 16
May 16 89 Mamma Mia! The 40-Year-Old Virgin The Kingdom Wanted
May 18 Cargo – NETFLIX FILM Catching Feelings – NETFLIX FILM Inspector Gadget: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 19 Bridge to Terabithia Disney’s Scandal: Season 7 Small Town Crime
May 20 Some Kind of Beautiful
May 21 Señora Acero: Season 4
May 22 Mob Psycho 100: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Shooter: Season 2 Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 23 Explained – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 24 Fauda: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Survivors Guide to Prison
May 25 Ibiza – NETFLIX FILM Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life – NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Toys That Made Us: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL Trollhunters: Part 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 26 Sara’s Notebook – NETFLIX FILM
May 27 The Break with Michelle Wolf – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 29 Disney·Pixar’s Coco
May 30 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
May 31 Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
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