Surprise: Netflix announces thriller ‘The OA,’ premiering Friday

Your holiday binge-watch schedule just got a little more crowded.

In an unusual strategy, Netflix has announced a new series, The OA, just four days before its Friday premiere. The eight-episode mystery thriller was co-created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, whose previous collaborations explored a modern-day cult (Sound of My Voice) and an underground anarchist group (The East).