A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 2

The practice of beloved TV or movie properties getting a second life has practically become synonymous with Netflix — the streaming service made its name as an original content service by tapping into the nostalgia of popular properties like Arrested Development and Full House.

But it’s rare that Netflix will take a chance on a moderately successful movie adaptation that was met with mixed reception, and outright disdain from fans of the books. But A Series of Unfortunate Events came to Netflix, where it was spearheaded by Barry Sonnenfeld, the director originally attached to the 2004 movie. And it was a hit. The series met with rave reviews from critics and fans alike, who lauded its unique visuals, fourth-wall-breaking characters. and witty black comedy. A Series of Unfortunate Events was quite a fortunate break for Netflix.

It was too for Sonnenfeld, who was able to finally bring his vision for an adaptation to life alongside the books’ author, Daniel Handler (whose pseudonym, Lemony Snicket, is also an active character in the series). We spoke with Sonnenfeld about the runaway success of the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and what we can expect for the second and now-confirmed third.

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FX Atlanta

It’s the TCAs this week, and that means we’ve got lots of big TV news coming our way right now. So let’s get them all taken care of right now, shall we? After the jump:

  • FX’s Atlanta won’t return until 2018.
  • FX’s American Crime Story also won’t return until 2018.
  • American Horror Story has been renewed. Yes, again.
  • ArcherThe Americans, and Feud get premiere dates.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events gets a second season.
  • Big Little Lies and Riverdale unleash new teasers.
  • Arrested Development season 5 is “close,” supposedly.
  • Lethal Weapon casts Thomas Lennon as Joe Pesci.

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Neil Patrick Harris in Gone Girl

Neil Patrick Harris is the new Jim Carrey, at least as far as Netflix is concerned. Harris has just been cast in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events as the villainous Count Olaf, the role played by Carrey in the not-very-beloved 2004 film. However — as befits a show called A Series of Unfortunate Events — the update comes with a side of bad news as well. The show has just lost its showrunner, Mark Hudis (True Blood).  Read More »

Lemony Snicket

In a very fortunate event, Netflix has picked up the rights to Lemony Snicket‘s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The streaming service plans to adapt the books, which center around three orphans put into the care of the villainous Count Olaf, as a live-action family series.

Previously, the novels were turned into a 2004 movie starring Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep. It grossed $209 million worldwide but that wasn’t enough to kickstart the franchise Paramount had hoped for, so now it’s trying again on TV. Hit the jump for more on the new Netflix Lemony Snicket show.

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