Netflix has been shaking up the traditional model of how TV shows are broadcast, we all know that, but they’re doing the same thing with how shows are conceived and renewed as well. Dropping their new series in an 8-13 episode chunk, all at once, they can move pretty quickly when it comes to green-lighting a show for a new season.
They’ve done just that for their new animated show, BoJack Horseman, which has voices from Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Olivia Wilde. The show just debuted this past Friday, but fast-moving Netflix must be enthused about the response it’s gotten, so it’s just been picked up for another 12 episode season. Netflix notoriously doesn’t share anything resembling “ratings,” and relies only on internal metrics to decide how well shows are doing. We only have rumors about what’s big on the channel, and though we may know something like Orange is the New Black is their biggest show from a viewership perspective, we don’t know how many millions of eyeballs that translates to.
BoJack Horseman isn’t even the fastest a show has been renewed on Netflix. Both Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were renewed for a new season before their latest seasons even aired. Certainly unheard of in most traditional cable or network programming, but par for the course for Netflix hits. A few shows have taken longer to convince Netflix of their worth, like Hemlock Grove, but even modest hits Netflix is tending to stick with. I’m trying to think if they’ve even actually cancelled any of their own original programming yet.
Anyway, BoJack lives on for another season, and since it’s good enough to return, you may want to check it out over this holiday weekend.
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