Online streaming lineup to bring more original movies, TV shows


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Jordan Mains

The world of streaming has been a good to us in 2013, and streaming service providers are looking to keep things going strong in 2014.

Next year should be full of great things for Netflix, Amazon and Hulu viewers alike. For Netflix, a second season of “House of Cards” is set to premiere in February; a second season of “Orange is the New Black” is to premiere sometime in the spring, and a second season of “Hemlock Grove” will premiere sometime next year, although it is unsure exactly when.

Along with the new seasons of the older series, Netflix plans to bring a large offering of new series to the table next year as well. The titles of these series include drama series “Marco Polo” and “Narcos” and sci-fi drama “Sense8.”

Netflix has also confirmed five exclusive superhero-type series, which include the titles “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders.” As of now, it is expected that these series will likely air sometime in 2015, although there is not any set date yet.

Amazon is currently in the production of three original series for children. The shows are “Creative Galaxy,” “Annebots” and “Tumbleaf.” Amazon expects these series to be released sometime in 2014, although no date has been confirmed yet. There has been no announcement regarding a second season of the two other Amazon original series “Alpha House” and “Betas.”

Hulu also has an original series upcoming in 2014, called “Deadbeat.” It will be a supernatural comedy series. Hulu has teamed up with Lionsgate in production of the series and production is already underway.

Looking back on 2013, we have seen several hit series premiere on Netflix’s streaming service. Joining these Netflix original series will be a children’s series titled “Turbo F.A.S.T (Fast Action Stunt Team).”  It will premiere on Christmas Eve. The new series is based on the movie “Turbo” and will pick up where the film left off. Just like the movie, the series will be produced by DreamWorks Animation.  

Amazon’s Instant Video has been having recent success with their premieres of “Alpha House” and “Betas” in November. I expect that to continue and it is likely that both series will be renewed for a second season.

Hulu’s streaming service has had original shows premiere in 2013 as well, including comedies “The Awesomes,” “Quick Draw” and “The Wrong Mans.” Also premiering recently was a documentary series titled “Behind the Mask.” All series except “The Wrong Mans” have been renewed for a second season.

So whoever your streaming provider may be, there’s already plenty to look forward to in 2014. Remember, patience is a virtue.