With massively popular and critically lauded shows like Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards, Netflix has gone from a streaming rentals destination to one of the most talked about new outlets for television. And their plans are only growing, building to world domination!
The Wrap reports that Netflix is looking to vastly expand its original content to about 20 news shows each year. And forget televisions tired old seasons of summer, fall, mid-season replacement. Netflix is changing the game, planning to roll out a new series/season every 2 ½ weeks. The company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos promised “(Netflix) will eventually be the largest producer of original content in the world.”
Suck it, traditional television companies!
Of course, not every Netflix show has been Orange Is The New Black level awesome. The company is still trying to make the Norway-set gangster drama Lilyhammer a thing. Neither their horror show Hemlock Grove nor their raunchy animated series BoJack Horseman have caught on in a major way. But Netflix is also growing its programming by resuscitating series like Arrested Development, Star Wars: Clone Wars, The Killing and Trailer Park Boys. So the occasional risk that doesn’t pay off is less damning thanks to these pre-established properties.
What’s perhaps most exciting about this news is just how diverse Netflix’s programming slate is. I mean, Orange Is The New Black is in a class all its own delivering complex narratives about women of color and women within the LGBT community. But I also mean diversity in genre. You’ve got dramedy there, political thriller with House of Cards, then Netflix is unfurling a big-budget historical drama with Marco Polo this Friday. Beyond that Chelsea Handler’s got a new talk show coming to the streaming service, and Krysten Ritter has recently been announced as the leading lady of the superhero series Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
Netflix is keeping mum on what other programs will make up its upcoming 20. But they’re off to a pretty stellar start. Now is there anyway we can sell them on resurrecting Happy Endings?