I'll admit, when Netflix first revealed that they were essentially working to become a network, I was skeptical. Could a streaming service churn out TV shows of a similar quality as, say, a standard network or cable channel? Not likely. In addition, I didn't quite understand the business plan behind it. HOUSE OF CARDS came out, and it wasn't the first time I was glad to be proven wrong. The show was topnotch in almost every sense of the word, proving once and for all, that not only were they capable of making great shows, but that they could demolish networks at their own game.
Fast forward to today. Netflix has released classic after classic. From DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES to THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and MASTER OF NONE, the streaming service has proven that good storytelling isn't exclusive to standard television. Next up on their list of comedies is one from actor Will Arnett, who most probably recognize as Gob from ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (among half a million other roles).
Check out the trailer for the comedy/drama below!
Check out the press release below:
"Reinvention, friendship, and bullshit are all at the heart of the new Netflix original series, FLAKED, a dry human comedy about a slice of life starring Will Arnett, premiering exclusively on Netflix on Friday, March 11th.
Set in the insular world of Venice, California, Flaked centers on Chip, a celebrated self-appointed 'guru' who falls for the object of his best friend's fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel. Arnett plays Chip, a man doing his honest best to stay one step ahead of his own lies.
Flaked was created and written by Will Arnett and Mark Chappell (THE INCREASINGLY POOR DECISIONS OF TODD MARGARET). Ben Silverman (Founder and Chairman of Electus), Peter Principato and Mitch Hurwitz (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) also serve as executive producers on the show. Electus and Principato-Young are providing production services. Flaked is a Netflix production."
Will Arnett has always been comedy gold. He's had a great number of supporting roles, but it's great to see him not only get his own series, but one that seems like it'll be stretching his talent in a new direction. Overall, the series may look a bit on the sappy side, but it's the kind of sap I can get behind.
What do you think of the trailer for FLAKED? Let us know in the comments down below!