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Netflix Renews Chelsea Handler’s ‘Chelsea,’ ‘Lady Dynamite’ and Casts Jennifer Garner as a Llama

When your content strategy involves releasing new original series every few weeks, that means renewing most of the shows you picked up in the first place. Consequently, Netflix has just renewed three of its originals.

“Chelsea,” the streaming service’s first foray into talk show territory with Chelsea Handler, will return for a 90-episode Season 2 in 2017. The first season, which combines Handler’s world travels with more traditional “late night” segments, is currently putting out three new episodes a week.

Lady Dynamite,” comedian Maria Bamford’s somewhat autobiographical single-camera comedy, will also return in 2017, but for a currently unspecified number of episodes. The first season drew praise from Variety’s own Maureen Ryan: “This excellent Netflix series has a subversive and ultimately sweet flavor all its own.”

“Real Rob,” Rob Schneider’s own exaggerated-for-comedic-effect account of his existence, will also get another season. The eight-episode Season 2 will be unleashed upon Netflix subscribers in 2017.

Netflix had some casting announcements to round out their TCA day as well:

Preschool series “Llama Llama,” based on the books written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney, has snagged Jennifer Garner as the voice of Mama Llama, the mother of the titular South American camelid. “I’ve read Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books to my kids hundreds of times in the last ten years,” Garner said in a statement. “Little did I know it would all count as rehearsal.”

The network also set the cast for its original tween series “Greenhouse Academy.” Jessica Amlee, Cinthya Carmona, Nadine Ellis, Reina Hardesty, Dallas Hart, BJ Mitchell, Ariel Mortman, Chris O’Neal, Benjamin Papac, Finn Roberts, Parker Stevenson and Grace Van Dien will star, as well as Ishai Golan, who is a recurring cast member.

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