Black Mirror Lives Again Thanks to Netflix—12 New Episodes Are Coming

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‘Black Mirror’ Lands at Netflix With 12 New Episodes.

Streaming service Netflix have commissioned the new season for their worldwide customers outside of the UK and Ireland, ‘where plans are still being determined’. With its dark social commentary, centered around the advances of technology, “Black Mirror” presents warning signs about the way humans live — or how they could evolve — in the 21st century.The acclaimed British sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror is officially coming to America as Netflix has commissioned a third season of 12 new episodes, the company revealed Friday.

After interest from HBO and Syfy, the streaming service has closed a deal for creator Charlie Brooker’s critically acclaimed anthology series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.Much has been said about whether we’re reaching the age of “peak TV” — but when it leads to shows like Black Mirror getting renewed, those concerns go right out the window.

The creator of the show Charlie Brooker described the service as the ‘most fitting platform imaginable’ for a continuation of the surreal and often times terrifying drama, and it is thought part of the reason the channel was picked was for the creative freedom it would allow Charlie. ‘Netflix connects us with a global audience so that we can create bigger, stranger, more international and diverse stories than before, whilst maintaining that Black Mirror feel. The first two seasons of the Channel 4 horror-drama are on Netflix now. “It’s all very exciting—a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable. The dark, mind-bending series, which has drawn comparisons to The Twilight Zone for its dystopian worldview and technological concerns, first won over British audiences after airing on the U.K.’s Channel 4 before Americans got a taste of the show’s first seven episodes through a streaming deal with Netflix.

I just hope none of these new story ideas come true.’ Netflix is still best known for making Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards but it already had the rights to the Black Mirror back catalogue which has become a huge hit in America. First debuting in 2011, is a hybrid of The Twilight Zone’s anxiety-ridden plot twists mixed with a dark, sometimes satirical theme that is sure to make you look at media and technology differently, questioning their motives. Black Mirror’s new 12 episodes is nearly double the seven episodes that have aired since its creation in 2011, including the Christmas special which featured Jon Hamm as a pick-up artist whose technique ends in murder. Although the series features a revolving cast of mostly British actors, Black Mirror landed on the radar of American viewers when Jon Hamm was cast in the show’s December 2014 Christmas episode. With just six episodes so far in its third season (plus a Christmas special starring Jon Hamm), the British show sucked in audiences with its tales of alternate realities that are different enough to be mind-bending but similar enough to be utterly terrifying (and sometimes eerily prescient: see “The National Anthem” and David Cameron’s #piggate).

Recently, Black Mirror was back in the news due to the similarities between its pilot episode – where a British prime minister is ordered by kidnappers to have sexual intercourse with a pig live on television – and the alleged PigGate controversy that has embroiled actual British Prime Minister David Cameron. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

This can go from fully imagined future dystopias (as in the first season’s second episode) to minor riffs on currently existing technology (as in the second season finale). The episodes are shepherded to the screen by writer and satirist Charlie Brooker, whose scripts are capable of hilariously dark humor, right alongside unexpectedly moving moments. The show’s exploration of the creeping unease many of us feel about how those “black mirrors” can feel like they’re taking over every aspect of modern life, plus the endless possibility for reinvention afforded by the anthology structure, gives us high hopes for the new installments.

Kacey Musgraves ended her two-night stint at Nashville’s hallowed Ryman Auditorium with a glittery, mirror-balled show that featured songs from both of her acclaimed albums, 2013’s Same Trailer Different Park and this year’s Pageant Material. There’s no premiere date yet, but in the meantime you can catch up with the first six episodes via Netflix (see Vox’s official rankings of the episodes here). The set was decorated with shimmering red tinsel and the singer’s five band members were decked out in pink Western wear (with lighted piping) and cowboy hats, with a disco ball spinning overhead.

Black Mirror’s stand-alone nature certainly better suits the series to be released slowly as it isn’t a format that lends itself to Netflix’s standard all-at-once binge model. Over the years the streaming platform has revived Arrested Development, The Killing, Longmire and helped produce British series The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan. “Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision. Here’s how Netflix describes the series: “Black Mirror taps into the collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia.

We’re tremendously proud to bring Black Mirror to our members as a Netflix original series,” Cindy Holland, vice president, of original content at Netflix, said in a statement. While such anthologies as Fargo, American Horror Story, American Crime and True Detective have become more commonplace, the individual episodic anthology seems to be the format’s natural successor. The CW tried its hand at the latter last year with a reboot of Tales From the Darkside, where each episode was designed to feature at least one story with a completely different cast. And the encore yielded a zippy take on Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” at which point Musgraves’ pink cowgirl boots lit up and Americana hero Buddy Miller appeared onstage to deliver some blazing electric guitar with her band, which also included a string section. (During Musgraves’ Wednesday-night performance, Sheryl Crow sat in.) It was Musgraves’ own exemplary songwriting, however, that elevated the evening.

Highlights included a chill-inducing solo version of her breakthrough hit, “Merry Go Round,” the anthemic “Follow Your Arrow” and the touching “It Is What It Is,” all from her award-winning debut LP. During a performance of her latest album’s title track, “Pageant Material,” a fan gifted Musgraves with a pink sash reading “Ryman Material,” a gesture she clearly appreciated, judging by her repeatedly asking the fan if she could actually keep it. “Good Ol’ Boys,” the should-have-been-a-bigger-hit “Biscuits” and current single “Dime Store Cowgirl” also represented Pageant Material. She also gave her band a chance to show off skills other than their musicianship in the “talent portion” of the evening, which included juggling and mimicking a dog bark.

The Country & Western Rhinestone Revue continues this weekend in Mineola, Texas, with an event aptly dubbed the “Hometown Hang” — Musgraves was born in the nearby community of Golden.

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