What sets “Black Mirror” apart from other shows is that it tries to imagine some of the unintended effects that new technologies might bring to those who use them. Understandably, most of these unforeseen consequences are rather negative. However, the show’s creator teased that the upcoming season might not be as pessimistic as before.

When the fifth season drops sometime this year, fans are assured of a generally lighter mood to its plot. “We’re doing more optimistic episodes and stories, rather than just dystopian and negative ones,” Charlie Brooker, creator of the series, teased.

Fortunately, Brooker also promised that being more optimistic does not mean that it will be boring. “We want to keep the show interesting for us,” Brooker added. How his team will be able to pull off a lighter yet immensely interesting storyline has not been revealed as he remained tight-lipped on specific details.

“It's definitely a challenge to kind of keep reinventing the show with each episode,” Brooker also said in a separate interview. “But hopefully, judging by the stuff we're working on so far for the next season, I think we've managed to keep things fresh and interesting and appalling in just the right measure.”

However, there are already a few known details about “Black Mirror” Season 5 to wet fans’ appetites. For instance, it is now known that singer-actress Miley Cyrus will be in one of its episodes.

In fact, Cyrus revealed that she was filming for the series in South Africa when her home was destroyed during last year’s Malibu fire. She also said that the disaster even destroyed her handwritten lyrics to her songs but did not reveal anything specific about “Black Mirror” Season 5.

Cyrus did, however, reveal something surprising about how she felt after doing her South Africa taping for the series. “I hate everything, but it was the first time I've left somewhere feeling really proud of my work,” the singer confided.

Unfortunately, Netflix has not yet made an official announcement for the release date of “Black Mirror” Season 5. However, it will likely be out in the first half of 2019 based on Brooker’s response that the premiere is “imminent-ish.”

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Maja Meschede, Jimmi Simpson, Cristin Milioti, Annabel Jones and Charlie Brooker attend the FYSEE Event for Netflix's 'Black Mirror' at Netflix FYSEE at Raleigh Studios on June 6, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images

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