Your favourite Netflix shows are back

Here’s what we know about the return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, writes Nicholas Kenny

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Several big Netflix Originals return over the next month or so, and the end is in sight as we wait impatiently for the next seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Each show ended their previous season on a jaw-dropping cliffhanger, so it’s a wonder we’ve been able to make it this far. Here’s what we know about the return of these hotly anticipated shows:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The gang is back as Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), flamboyant roommate Titus (Tituss Burgess), kooky landlady Lillian (Carol Kane) and high-maintenance socialite Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) return in the highly anticipated third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

As the Season 3 trailer shows, we can expect to see Kimmy dealing with the Reverend’s revelation in last season’s finale that he and Kimmy are, in fact, legally married. Cue Jacqueline’s delight at the sight of divorce papers. We’ll also see Kimmy go off to college after completing her GEDs, prompted by Lillian’s helpful suggestion: “After high school, most white girls go to college.”

Lillian herself will be dealing with a breakup, and Titus will be going through relationship issues of his own, leading to the funniest moment in a trailer packed with humour. “I’m not overreacting… I’m lemonading,” he informs Kimmy, baseball bat in hand, and with those immortal words we witness Titus channelling his inner Beyoncé in a spot-on parody that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Unsurprisingly, Titus steals every scene he appears in throughout the trailer, with lines like “Everybody’s gay Kimmy, it’s the ’90s!” and “He killed you, and now you’re a ghost? I don’t want to make sexy pottery with you!” demonstrating why Burgess is the true breakout star of this show.

Outside of the main cast, you can also expect the return of a number of familiar faces including Anna Camp, Josh Charles, David Cross, Fred Armisen, Amy Sedaris, Mike Carlsen, and Tina Fey as Kimmy’s alcoholic therapist. The third season also boasts an impressive array of new faces too, including Oscar nominee Laura Dern, Bridesmaids’ Maya Rudolph, veteran actor Ray Liotta and Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.

If this season is as funny as its trailer – and given the strength of its past two season there’s reason to suspect it won’t be – then prepare yourself to laugh until your sides hurt.

All 13 episodes of Season 3 will be released on Friday May 19.

House of Cards

After abandoning his attempts to connect with the American public and using fear to potentially cement his re-election to the presidency, Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) returns and looks set to turn his presidency into a dictatorship. The scent of fascism is definitely in the air this summer, and Spacey imbues his lies with the seductive menace that has been so captivating to watch in the past.

“The American people don’t know what’s best for them,” he tells his wife Claire (Robin Wright). ”I do. I know exactly what they need.” Well, that’s not concerning in the least.

Along with the return of Spacey and Wright, you can expect to see Michael Kelly, Joel Kinnaman, Paul Sparks, and Jane Atkinson reprise their roles as Doug Stamper, Will Conway, Tom Yates, and Catherine Durant, respectively, and all are present in the recent trailer. The trailer also appears to suggest that Claire will fully embrace her dark side and match Frank’s ruthlessness, while also suggesting that Frank will embrace his bisexuality as well as return to his more violent ways. After all, last season did end with Frank’s declaration: “We don’t submit to terror, we make the terror.” I think an increase in violence can be safely expected.

“Underwood, 2016. 2020. 2024. 2028. 2032. 2036. One nation, Underwood,” Frank recites as the trailer ends, and the growing sense of dread sets in as you realise he has no intention of giving up the power he’s fought so long to hold. It’ll be fascinating to see whether or not Underwood can compete with the all-too-real theatrics going on in the real world White House, but if he’s really planning to remain president for six more terms… well, let’s hope so.

All 13 episodes of Season 5 will be released on Tuesday May 30.

Orange is the New

Despite being leaked on torrent sites across the internet last month, Orange is the New Black looks set to brush off that minor setback and deliver another season of unmissable drama and comedy.

Season 5 will pick up where the last season left off, with Daya (Dascha Polanco) holding a gun on twisted corrections officer Thomas Humphrey (Michael Torpey) during the explosive riot that broke out after the death of an inmate. We know from the trailer that a shot will go off, and if you listen closely you can also make out what sounds like a body hitting the floor, but we won’t know the identity of the victim or the shooter until the season begins.

Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) also make an appearance in the trailer, worried by the ongoing riot. You can expect all your favourite characters to return this season, including Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne) and Stella Carlin (Ruby Rose) – with one notable exception, given the major death last season. The events of the upcoming season will reputedly take place over the course of three days, but how those three day will affect the lives of Litchfield’s inmates remains to be seen. No matter how it pans out, it should make for fantastic viewing.

All 13 episodes of Season 5 will be released on Friday June 9.

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