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Will Arnett Is A Venice Guru About To Self-Destruct In New Netflix Series

Will Arnett at the Golden Globes (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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A new Netflix original series will take place in Venice and feature Will Arnett as a "guru," or at least, a character that calls himself a guru. Flaked is described by Netflix, who just ordered an eight-episode season, as a "serio-comic" in which Arnett plays Chip, a "self-appointed guru" who falls in love with the same person as his best friend, OC Weekly reports. According to Netflix's announcement, "Soon the tangled web of half-truths and semi-bullshit that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begins to unravel." We're not sure what kind of 'guru' Arnett plays, but if he's a guru in Venice, he probably drinks a lot of juice, maybe does some bikram yoga.

The show is co-written and co-created by Arnett and Mark Chapell (who wrote for The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), and has Arrested Development producer Mitch Hurwitz, Peter Principato and Ben Silverman signing on as producers.

Netflix has been adding shows to its roster left and right, including breakout hits Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, plus season four of former FOX show Arrested Development. It's also got another Arnett show—the bizarre animated series BoJack Horseman, in which Arnett voices a washed up actor who also happens to be a horse. If you're keeping track, that makes three Netflix shows with Arnett in a lead role.

This is the second new show to take place in the Los Angeles area. Togetherness, a new HBO comedy series, is set in Eagle Rock.