In what is the best possible move that could actually have viewers watching Girls5Eva, it is leaving its streaming home of Peacock in the US and moving to Netflix.
Under the deal, seasons 1+2 will be shared by the streamers, but new season 3 episodes will be Netflix exclusive. While the show has been a buzzy cult favourite, being on the under-subscribed Peacock has always prevented it from cutting through to wider audiences. Great news for the show.
Further good news is that this isn't just a US-deal, it will also bring the show to Netflix in international territories, including here in Australia.
And speaking of Peacock...
If I were an NBCUniversal shareholder, I'm not sure I would be heartened by comments made by NBCU chief Jeff Shell about its programming strategy. Or lack thereof:
NBCU has become “fairly indifferent” as to whether programming airs on linear TV or on Peacock.
What he's actually saying here is that he doesn't care about where a show lands, as long as it is profitable. But, I don't know... I'd like to hear that strategy goes a bit beyond just immediate profitability and can speak to the potential of longterm library value.
But that's just me...
It isn't just The Hardy Boys that audiences don't want
Recently I commented in this newsletter that Hollywood needs to give up on making The Hardy Boys happen - the shows are never especially successful. Also file under this stablemate Nancy Drew, which will see its The CW show cancelled after 4 seasons. With 49 episodes produced, this is actually the most successful incarnation of Nancy Drew on screen to date. Come on Hollywood... give it up on Nancy Drew, already.
- City On a Hill has been cancelled. There will be no fourth season of the Kevin Bacon/Aldis Hodge drama. Read: TV Line
- Meanwhile, Aldis Hodge will star as Alex Cross in a new Amazon series. Read: Deadline
- 1923, that Yellowstone prequel show starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford, debuts on Paramount+ in the US & Canada on Dec 18 and in Australia and the UK on Dec 19. Read: Deadline
- Is Power of The Rings or House of The Dragon a better D&D campaign setting? Read: Paste
- When I went to a Disney park that one time, I don't think my experience would have been better had Disney also been able to access my Disney+ viewing history, nor do I think my theme park experience should change what I see on Disney+. But Disney disagree. Read: The Verge
The Santa Clauses debuts Nov 16 on Disney+. It is a limited series continuing the Tim Allen Santa films.
David E. Kelley drama The Calling debuts Nov 10 on Peacock.
Christian Bale stars in film The Pale Blue Eye, which debuts on Netflix 23 Dec.
Jim from The Office is back as Jack Ryan in the third season of the show, returning to Amazon Prime Video Dec 21.
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