Netflix shows that might make a price hike worth it

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Netflix logo. REUTERS/Mike Blake/Files

Sean Fitzgerald, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:41 PM ET

So, your Netflix bill will eventually go up, but it’ll probably be worth it. The online streaming service is working on some cool things.

The company recently announced that new customers will be paying more than the current $7.99 monthly fee to join, with the price increasing to a dollar or two more by the end of June. Existing customers will stay at the same price for the time being, but they’ll eventually have to pay more, too.

Spending more money isn’t fun for anyone, but we knew the $7.99 dream was too good to last forever, and it looks like Netflix plans to entice customers with an onslaught of original content. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen trailers, teasers and release dates for new seasons of Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove, Derek and The Killing.

Will these shows be enough to keep customers hanging around? We’ll have to see. Here’s what’s on the way for the rest of 2014:

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK: On June 6, creator Jenji Kohan brings back the beloved comedy-drama set in a women’s federal prison. While House of Cards snagged a number of Emmys last year, it was Orange that dominated much of the conversation on Twitter. We’ve heard that the second season will feel more like an ensemble piece, delving deeper into the backstories of the characters that surround Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). We’ve also read that the upcoming season will feature some steamy scenes between Piper and Alex Vause (Laura Prepon), and some male frontal nudity. You’ve been warned.

HEMLOCK GROVE: Attention, True Blood fans – if you’re distraught at the idea of your favourite show ending this year, at least you’ve got Hemlock Grove to keep you company. Horror master Eli Roth returns with his Emmy-nominated gothic soap opera for a second season on July 11. And even though the show received a lukewarm response from critics, we’ll watch Famke Janssen pose in a brooding way anytime.

THE KILLING: Don’t expect anything huge when the crime drama hits Netflix for a final season on August 1, since it’ll only include six episodes. But at least fans will finally have closure for the story of Seattle-based detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman).

SENSE8: Are you still hoping that the Wachowski siblings will be able to match the magic of the first Matrix movie? It’s gotta happen sometime. For Sense8, The Wachowskis team up with Babylon 5 mastermind J. Michael Straczynski (Before Watchmen) for a 10-episode sci-fi series about eight people around the world that can communicate telepathically. The villain’s name will reportedly be Mr. Whispers. Is that scary or lame? I guess we’ll have to see. The show arrives in late 2014.

BOJACK HORSEMAN: This animated series, created for adults, follows a former ’90s sitcom star as he deals with self-loathing and alcoholism. The comedy boasts animation by ShadowMachine (Robot Chicken) and features the voices of Will Arnett and Aaron Paul. Oh yeah, we should also probably mention that the main character is a humanoid horse, which makes the show sound like a combination of Archer, Eastbound & Down and Mr. Ed. Look for a release date soon.

OTHER NETFLIX SHOWS ON THE WAY: In the next little while, we’ll also see new seasons of shows like Derek (Season 2), Lilyhammer (Season 3) and Trailer Park Boys (Season 8, making its Netflix debut). Netflix has also planned a nine-episode action-adventure series about Marco Polo, a gritty show about the life and death of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and an untitled family drama from the creators of Damages. And don’t forget about the Marvel shows hitting Netflix in 2015, with Daredevil beginning production this summer. Those programs, which also include Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, will be set inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


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