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TCA 2018: Four new Netflix series are coming, including one starring Octavia Spencer

TCA 2018: Four new Netflix series are coming, including one starring Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer, pictured, will star and executive produce a new limited series coming to Netflix (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

In case you were worried you weren’t giving Netflix enough hours of your precious life, the streaming service has announced four new television series that will join its ever-expanding slate.

The new shows, which include a limited series from Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and an unscripted series exploring the fundamentals of cooking, were revealed Sunday during Netflix’s stint at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.

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“Madam C.J. Walker” is an eight-episode drama starring and executive produced by Spencer. Based on the A’Lelia Bundles book “On Her Own Ground,” the project tells the story of the real-life black hair care pioneer, whose real name was Sarah Breedlove, and will chronicle her struggle and rise to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire.

Also getting the green light is crime thriller “White Lines.” The dark drama centers on a woman who travels to Ibiza after the body of her brother, a Manchester disc jockey, is discovered there 20 years after his mysterious disappearance. In her quest to find out what happened, she embarks on “a thrilling world of dance music, super yachts, lies and cover-ups,” according to Netflix’s description of the series.

The series hails from Alex Pina, who deepens his relationship with Netflix following his work on the streaming giant’s Spanish-language series “La Casa De Papel.”

Netflix adds to its impressive pantry of food and cooking programming with two unscripted series.

“Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” is based on Samin Nosrat’s best-selling, James Beard Award-winning book of the same name. Launching Oct. 19, the series will consist of four installments, each following Nosrat as she travels to home kitchens around the world to look at the central elements of cooking.

Also scheduled is “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell,” which will feature McConnell, a baker and artist, baking or creating colorful, sometimes haunting, confections or decor.

The new series join Netflix’s robust content catalog. The streaming service has forecast it will spend roughly $8 billion on content this year.

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