Anne of Green Gables fans, call in sick from work or school on Friday, May 12—that’s when Netflix’s highly-anticipated adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s classic book series is set to premiere. Yesterday, the streaming site revealed the series’ premiere date along with other first looks and date announcements for other anticipated shows, like Bill Nye Saves the World, Orange Is the New Black season 5, and The Magic School Bus Rides Again.
As we reported a few months ago, Netflix is partnering with Canadian network CBC to adapt the story of a high-spirited redheaded orphan and her friends into an eight-episode series. The show is lead by an all-female team (director, writer, and producer) and will play out all the memorable and heartwarming moments from the beloved book series, but will also explore “new territory” and themes like identity, sexism, bullying, and prejudice. Writer and producer of Breaking Bad, Moira Walley-Beckett is the series' showrunner.
The streaming site also released a clever sneak peek to go along with the date announcement. In the clip, famous redheads from other Netflix shows—Kimmy Schmidt from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Barb from Stranger Things, Red and Sister Ingalls from Orange Is the New Black—get a message that there’s a “new ginger in town.” The announcement is followed by clips of Anne getting ready for school, putting flowers in her hat, standing next to what looks like her best friend Diana, and hitting a boy (probably Gilbert!).
Take a look below: