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It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, the very idea of Netflix offering original programming was a novelty. But the gamble paid off from the get-go. While Lilyhammer never quite reached the buzzy heights of later series House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black, it fared well enough to get a second season, and now it’s getting a third.

The company announced the renewal this week. Season 2 hit Netflix on December 13, and Season 3 is expected to debut sometime later this year. Steve Van Zandt will, of course, return in the lead role of a mobster sent to Lillehammer, Norway as part of the witness protection program. [Variety]

After the jump, read all about Netflix’s newest original series Marco Polo.

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Andy and Lana Wachowski

Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending has been getting a lot of attention lately, because that’s what happens when you turn America’s Sweetheart into Jacobim Mugatu. But it’s just one of two major sci-fi projects due from the pair this year. The Wachowskis are also teaming with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) on their first small-screen effort, a new Netflix series titled Sense8.

At the time of its announcement, the drama was described in vague terms as being about “minds linked and souls hunted,” but now we have some more details about the dramatic, globe-spanning plot. Hit the jump for character details and more.

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Among the Netflix faithful, the service’s hyper-specificity is something of an affectionate joke. Just about any movie database will differentiate between, say, drama and comedy, but Netflix comes up with categories like “Critically-acclaimed Witty Independent Comedies” or “Imaginative Time Travel Movies from the 1980s.”

Just as you’d imagine, those microgenres add up — to 76,897 unique descriptors, as counted by one journalist. And they reveal some interesting information about what exactly we’re all watching on Netflix. Hit the jump to see what he found.

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At $7.99/month, Netflix‘s basic streaming package isn’t a bank-breaker for most folks. But if you really want to cut your entertainment expenditures to the bone, you may be in luck. The service is now testing a standard-def $6.99/month option for certain users.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to do more with your subscription and don’t mind paying a little extra for it, the company is also trying out a $9.99/month package that’ll let users stream to more devices simultaneously. Hit the jump to get the details on these potential new options.

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It’s hard to believe that it was just over a year ago when Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House dashed Mitt Romney‘s hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. While his former running mate Paul Ryan has remained a vocal presence in the House of Representatives, Romney himself has almost completely faded from public view.

But Netflix is taking a look back at the man with MittGreg Whiteley‘s documentary about Romney’s lengthy battle for the presidency. While we all know the eventual outcome, it’s still a fascinating inside look at a side of the politician we never go to know — probably to his detriment. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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‘House of Cards’ Season 2 Gets Release Date, Teaser

House of Cards

Some folks like to go all out for Valentine’s Day, planning elaborate dates or wild nights out. But if you’re more of the stay-at-home-with-a-glass-of-wine-and-PJs type, Netflix has got you covered.

The streaming service has just announced that the second season of House of Cards will land on February 14, with all thirteen episodes premiering at once. Check out the first teaser trailer and a new synopsis after the jump.

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Turbo

So far, one of the ways that Netflix has differed from traditional TV is its model of distribution. Netflix typically releases a whole season at once, rather than parceling episodes out over the course of several weeks or months. But as the streaming service moves into children’s programming, they’re looking to shake up their approach.

Netflix is launching its first original series for kids, DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST, with just five episodes slated to hit Christmas Eve. Learn more about their plans for the show, and watch the first trailer, after the jump.

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The first name attached to Marvel’s Netflix shows has been revealed. It’s Drew Goddard, director and co-writer of The Cabin in the Woods. He’s in negotiations to write the series based on the blind superhero Daredevil. Read More »

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