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It's Official: Netflix Will Renew Anything

By Dustin Rowles | Streaming | August 1, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Streaming | August 1, 2016 |

Not including one-offs like W/ Bob & David, since Netflix began airing their own original content back in 2013, everything has been renewed, and only one series so far has officially ended, Hemlock Grove (and only after three seasons). There are original Netflix shows some of you may not have even heard of, like Marseille or Club de Cuervos that have been renewed, while better known and more expensive shows that never received much buzz, like Sense8 and Bloodline, have also been renewed. Love and Lady Dynamite have also quietly been renewed. Even a series we thought was a one-off, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp has been renewed.

This latest renewal, however, remains baffling, because next to no one saw Will Arnett’s Flaked. It was barely reviewed by critics, and for good reason: It was lousy. It was a meandering, pointless slog, and I have no idea why Netflix would renew it, except perhaps to keep creator and star Will Arnett and exec producer Mitch Hurwitz happy should they ever get around to making another season of Arrested Development. It’s probably a fairly cheap show to produce, as well, and maybe Netflix simply wants to keep its streak of non-cancellations alive. Maybe it looks good when they’re recruiting other series. “Come to Netflix! There Is Literally No Way that We Will Cancel You!”

It is good news for Stranger Things, however. That series has not officially been renewed yet, but if Netflix is renewing shows like Flaked, Stranger Things is guaranteed to get 10 seasons.

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