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Netflix acquires 'The Blacklist' for $2 million per episode

It looks like The Blacklist will be rolling in the dough.

Netflix has acquired the streaming rights to the NBC crime procedural from Sony Pictures Television in a hefty $2 million fee per episode, EW has confirmed. Deadline first reported the news.

The $2 million price tag will be the largest per-episode fee paid by a subscription-based video-on-demand company for a television show. While Netflix gets the first window on the streaming rights to the show, Sony TV will also be selling The Blacklist to broadcast and cable networks for syndication. The show was a ratings hit for NBC, garnering strong viewership for a freshman drama, and securing a full 22-episode renewal for a second season.

Netflix developing French original drama 'Marseille'

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After experiencing success with its original programming, Netflix is branching out to add a French drama to its schedule.

Netflix’s first original French production, Marseille, will tell the story of Robert Taro, the French city’s mayor. According to a press release, “The coming elections have him face the man he chose as his heir, an ambitious youngster aiming high. Both candidates will fight mercilessly. Marseille stages a fight around revenge, animated by drug lords, politicians, unions and the political players of the city.”

Created and written by Dan Frank, Marseille will feature eight episodes, with the first two directed by Florent-Emilio Siri.

“Creating a series for an enormous audience and without any constraints will let us push to its limits a story about the Shakespearean theater of politics in a city where Alexandre Dumas and Jean-Claude Izzo, among others, have planted many spears,” Franck said in a press release. “Netflix has given us a blank page to create a House of Cards in French that breaks through unspoken hypocrisy. This is a writer’s dream and a great opportunity for French producers and creators to enter a new world.”

Producer Pascal Breton added: “Marseille will take the audience right into the political arena where the old regime of traditional politicians are getting ready to face the younger generation of predators, thugs, and sometimes their own heirs. Netflix is giving us the perfect opportunity to tell this story from a uniquely French viewpoint, in association with some of France’’s best writers and directors. Produced entirely in France, Marseille has the potential to become one of the most gripping television events of the coming years.”

Production on Marseille is expected to start in the spring of 2015, followed by a series debut later that year.

Netflix renews 'Bojack Horseman' for season 2

Netflix has put its faith in a horse. The streaming service has renewed BoJack Horseman for a second season of 12 episodes, EW has confirmed.

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Lori Petty returning to 'Orange Is the New Black'

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Lori Petty is going back to prison: The Tank Girl and League of Their Own star will reprise her brief, but memorable role during the third season of Orange Is the New Black, EW has learned exclusively.

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Mike Birbiglia joins the cast of 'Orange Is the New Black'

Mike Birbiglia is going to prison. The comedian has joined the cast of Orange Is the New Black in a recurring role for the third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Here's why Sophia is still the best character on 'Orange Is the New Black'

No character from Orange Is the New Black’s stellar first season had more Netflix viewers buzzing than Sophia Burset, the prison hairdresser whose trailblazing storyline flipped the TV game on its head. That’s why, when Sophia largely missed out on the action in season two, many fans still couldn’t stop thinking about her. (Go ahead—admit that you missed her, too.)

It was a testament to her sheer magnetism that Sophia’s moderate absence on the second season of Orange was so noticeable. There’s a theory that perhaps she was sidelined so that the show could let other actresses (who didn’t steal the show in season one) shine and dive into their backstories, since Sophia had an unforgettable first year. But that theory doesn’t hold up, since almost everyone had a major arc this year except Sophia. It’s upsetting, but it’s also important to recognize that perhaps there’s some logic to that: Sophia’s absence from the prison rivalry war that cast a shadow over season two is in line with the character, and perhaps with actress Laverne Cox herself. READ FULL STORY

Netflix passes HBO in subscriber revenue

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Which team are you on: Netflix or HBO? No, it’s not so much a direct competition—but that doesn’t make it any less impressive that Netflix, which was founded in 1997, just passed HBO, founded in 1972, in subscriber revenue in the last quarter.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook to share what he called the “minor milestone.” According to Hastings, Netflix earned $1.146 billion in subscriber revenue in the last quarter, where HBO only took in $1.141 billion. As Hastings put it, “They still kick our ass in profits and Emmys, but we are making progress. HBO rocks, and we are honored to be in the same league.”

Netflix, of course, is home to hit original shows Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards, while HBO houses more shows, including Game of Thrones, Girls, True Detective, and Silicon Valley, which even Hastings admits to loving. But with more original programming in the works, including Daredevil, it seems safe to say that Netflix won’t go away anytime soon.

See Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock on the set of 'Daredevil'

Last we heard of  Marvel’s upcoming Daredevil series, True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll had just joined the cast as Karen Page, the longest-running love interest of Matt Murdock in the Daredevil comics. And in the first photos from the set of the Netflix drama, sure enough, there’s a glimpse of Page’s love.

The photo, above, features Charlie Cox getting into character as Murdock, the Irish Catholic lawyer who was blinded in childhood and uses his heightened senses to fight crime as the vigilante Daredevil. And said crime-fighting could likely be the reason behind those cuts around his eye.

Plot details about the series are being kept secret, though it’s known that Elden Henson will join Woll and Cox as Murdock’s best friend and legal partner, as will Vincent D’Onofrio (as crime lord Kingpin) and Rosario Dawson, whose character’s identity is being kept a secret.

Daredevil is expected to launch on Netflix in 2015.

What the hell is Netflix's 'BoJack Horseman'?

Glad you asked.

1. It is, according to Netflix, “darkly hilarious, irreverent, serialized, animated comedy for adults.” The words “comedy for adults” are underlined.

2. It stars Will Arnett as the title character, “the failed legendary 90’s sitcom star from the favorite family sitcom Horsin’ Around, who has been trying to find his way through a muddle of self-loathing, whisky and failed relationships.” He is also a man with the head (and body?) of a horse.

3. It also features Aaron Paul as BoJack’s human sidekick Todd, Amy Sedaris as his agent/ex-girlfriend (she is a cat-person), and Alison Brie as another human person. READ FULL STORY

'East Los High' builds on Hulu's success among Hispanic audiences

You can’t set your DVR for East Los High, one of the most popular shows among Hispanic youth. But you can stream the show online on your laptop or tablet (or even TV, if you insist)—now in its second season on Hulu—as a nod to not only the changing nature of television, but as a telling insight on how a streaming content company has managed to build a sizeable audience among one of television’s most coveted demographics: Latino 20-somethings.

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Sam Waterston will play Martin Sheen's beau in a Netflix comedy

Netflix has set out to stage an Aaron Sorkin reunion of sorts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Newsroom‘s Sam Waterston has been cast in an upcoming comedy for the streaming giant, alongside Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Lily Tomlin (The West Wing), and Martin Sheen (do I have to say what show Martin Sheen was on? Okay fine, The West Wing).

The show, titled Grace and Frankie, follows two rivals—Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin)—who make amends after they discover that their husbands—Sheen and Waterston, respectively—have been keeping up an affair with each other since 1994 and now plan to legally marry.

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'House of Cards' not allowed to film at U.N. Security Council chamber

If fans see President Frank Underwood at the U.N. next season on House of Cards, it’ll have to be a U.N.-lookalike set. The United Nations has denied the Netflix show’s request to film in the U.N. Security Council chamber for next season, the Associated Press reports. They note that Russia shot down the ask.

“It’s disappointing for you, I guess, because you wanted to see the actors,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Gerard Araud told reporters Wednesday, per the AP. “It’s reassuring because I think the actors would have seemed so much more elegant than we are, you know.”

A rep for Netflix didn’t immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

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