TV News: Netflix announcements, Cumberbatch ‘Hawking’ to Air, NBC Cuts ‘Boy,’ More

New Series

Daredevil, others. Netflix announced a host of premiere dates for its upcoming Spring slate of series. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will premiere March 6, Bloodline March 20, Daredevil April 10, and Grace and Frankie (starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda) May 8. Additionally, the streaming content provider announced a second season for its recent historical drama Marco Polo. (EW)

Returning Series

Game of Thrones. English actress Nell Williams (The Revolting World of Stanley Brown) will portray young Cersei Lannister in a flashback sequence in Season 5 of HBO’s wildly popular fantasy series. (

Hawking. The Discovery Channel plans to re-run the BBC-produced 2004 Stephen Hawking biopic, Hawking which starred Benedict Cumberbatch, at 10PM EST Saturday night prior to Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony. At the awards, Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) competes against Eddie Redmayne who plays Hawking in The Theory of Everything. (Deadline)

Continuing Series

About a Boy. NBC has trimmed the second season of its once-promising comedy series About a Boy from its original 22-episode run to a 20-episode run. The move follows NBC’s recent trend of streamlining its comedy lineup. (Deadline)

In Development

History of the World. The National Geographic Channel is partnering with the co-creators of HBO’s Silicon Valley to generate a docu-comic series to air in Fall 2015. The series will feature a variety of presentations – sketch comedy, animation, puppetry, and documentary footage – to tackle weighty themes like evolution and hygiene. (Variety)

The Breaks. VH-1, which launches a new scripted drama – Hindsight – this week, is prepping another scripted work. The Breaks, based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback, will be set in 90s-era New York and will feature the lives of three friends trying to break into the hip-hop music industry. (THR)

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