Whether you know the work of Lemony Snicket from the 2004 Jim Carrey movie or the 13 children's novels, you're about to see a shakeup. Netflix, the greatest or at least most insistent purveyor of television programming since the medium was invented by Lucille Ball in 1951, has a series coming Jan. 13, 2017. It's a Friday. A Friday the 13th.
Watch the first Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events teaser trailer above; Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement, Family Guy, Seinfeld) plays Snicket, giving a devious, fourth-wall-breaking introduction. "Please," he entreats, "don't make the same mistake that Netflix has, and look away before this dire tale is even filmed, and avoid the cruel whimsy and whimsical cruelty of what's to come."
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events will run eight episodes and star Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, guardian to the three orphan protagonists. Joan Cusack and Aasif Mandvi are also on board. Mark Hudis, who was briefly the boss on HBO's True Blood, is the showrunner.
Jude Law originated the Snicket role in the 2004 movie, which made $209 million worldwide. In reality, Snicket is the pseudonymous authorial voice of Daniel Handler, who is executive producing the Netflix show. In a statement, "Snicket" says:
“If you like watching stories in which children enjoy pleasant rides in truck beds, on their way to colorful destinations where they finally solve the curious mysteries plaguing their lives… That story is streaming elsewhere."