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.

Fans of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror can look forward to another 12 episodes of the acclaimed satirical drama after Netflix confirmed it would produce the next extended run of the show which previously aired on Channel 4. 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.Brooker has started writing the new season, which is scheduled to begin production later this year in the U.K. “It’s all very exciting — a whole new bunch of Black Mirror episodes on the most fitting platform imaginable,” Booker said. “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.

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. 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.” Added Netflix vice president Cindy Holland: “Charlie has created a one-of-a-kind series with an uncanny voice and prescient, darkly comedic vision.

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. Previous episodes were a big hit in the US where it was applauded by one critic as the “only show on TV that truly understands how we use technology”. 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.

The show often raises questions about the role of technology in our modern life and how it helps and hinder us perceive reality and has been likened as a “Twilight Zone” for the digital age. An exact premiere date and episode rollout will be determined at a later date with an international premiere planned (outside the UK and Ireland where plans are still being worked on). The new 12-part commission is almost double the seven episodes that have been made to date, ending with last year’s Christmas special in which Mad Men star Jon Hamm features as a terrifying high-tech pick-up artist whose seduction technique ends in a horrific murder. To say there’s buzz around the return of Empire, Fox’s ballsy King-Lear-meets-Mahogany hit that kicks off its sophomore season on September 23rd, is an understatement. (It’s like observing that there’s a few GOP hopefuls running for President.) All eyes are on the series to see if it can maintain the level of drama, glam and delightful camp that turned it into a ratings powerhouse and Twitter champ.

The series hits every pleasure point for successful trashy TV: ludicrous plots, gleaming fashions, breakout performances, and a true gasp of it’s own ambitions to reinvent the glitzy nighttime soap for a new generation. If it’s been a while since you caught Season One, or you missed the first run and want to jump into the game on Wednesday, here’s a quick catch-up on where we left Empire Entertainment’s iconic Lyons. The precisely coiffed founder and CEO of Empire Entertainment spent the majority of last season battling ALS, pitting his sons against each other to inherit the company, belittling middle child Jamal for his open homosexuality, and juggling current girlfriend Anika with ex-wife Cookie — when he wasn’t distancing himself from a past that includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as a romantic rival and his point-blank assassination of cousin-by-marriage Bunkie (Antoine McKay), that is. Netflix says it’s unclear when the series will premiere — or how the new episodes will be rolled out, seeming to indicate that the drama may not all premiere at once. Turns out, instead of the death sentence of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Luther’s suffers from the rarely lethal myasthenia gravis, meaning he’s not going anywhere.

You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you. 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.

After all the Jamal derision, he finally wised up that the smooth singer is also the savviest Lyon, and passed the scepter of Empire’s leadership to him (not a metaphor – he actually gave Jamal a scepter). 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.

With Jamal installed as head of Empire, Cookie finds herself banished from the Executive Suite and elected president of the “We Hate Lucious Club,” ready to plot a takeover. She knows her ex killed her beloved cousin Bunkie (see above: pillow smother), and he knows she “went to the Berkshires” with bodyguard Malcolm, leaving the Lyons’ relationship in tatters.

The eldest and least joyous Lyon has a baby on the way with wife Rhonda, and a psycho-religious-sexual ménage-a-trois to untangle with musical therapist Michelle (Jennifer Hudson), but as always with Dre, it’s all about the meds. If he sticks to the pills, the business-minded Lyon stands a fighting chance of rescuing Empire Entertainment from its stock price plummet after his father’s arrest – assuming he and his merry band of Lucious-Haters can get back into the boardroom, that is. Staying on his medication might also keep his deadly secrets from slipping out: his father killed Bunkie, his wife killed Vernon (RIP, Malik Yoba), he occasionally tries to kill himself. But considering Andre plots his intrigue by literally speaking the plans out loud into the notes function on his phone (“Figure out how to undermine Hakeem at Leviticus”), the good money is on some of those covert cats out of the bag.

No longer the little boy banished to the garbage can, he is his father’s only stalwart ally – bringing back his Pop’s songwriting mojo after a Cookie-influenced round of writer’s block, and then dangling Billy Beretti off a balcony to retrieve the rights to the early Lucious Lyon catalogue. Still processing his love/hate relationship with brother Jamal, abandonment issues with his ex-con mom, and his blind rage at his father for banishing his cougar girlfriend (Naomi Campbell), aspiring rapper Hakeem needs to work on himself, if not his rhymes (“Drip Drop,” anyone?). He left a path of destruction in the finale, making good on the Snoop-witnessed threat to bed Anika and joining the Unholy Alliance to take Empire back.

Still up in the air – the status of his teen dream beard relationship with Tiana, whether Camilla is catching a flight back to New York, and if we’ll ever see more of the AzMarie in his crew. Strong, scheming, and loyal to a fault, Rhonda took a mighty tumble towards the freshman season finish, going from the hot brains behind Dre to the pimped out prize for a geriatric Mr.

While her candlestick clubbing of Vernon can be chalked up to self-defense, Rhonda’s decision to swear Andre to secrecy over the crime seems destined to blow up in their faces. Now in the family way, we can only guess the baby is Andre’s — but because this is Empire, there’s even money on anyone from Lucious to Black Rambo being this kid’s father. She walks out on Lucious and Empire, landing a key spot at competitor Creedmoor and wastes no time trying to poach as many Lyon-signed acts as possible, starting with Hakeem. Remember, “You use your inside voice when you talk to Becky.” Elle Dallas (Courtney Love), Michelle White (Jennifer Hudson), Puma (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), Woman Singing at Piano in Flashback (Mary J.

Blige), Snoop Dogg, Rita Ora, Gladys Knight, etc. – Season One of Empire was jammed with award winners, platinum-selling A-listers and “seriously, that guy?” stars (see: Judd Nelson). While it’s unknown who from the above roster will make another appearance in Season Two, Fox has already teased the guest appearances of Ludacris, Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, Pitbull, Magic Mike’s Adam Rodriguez (as a romantic interest for Cookie) and a woman who seems like she was born to star in the joyous pile of cheese that is Empire: Mariah Carey. 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.

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