Wired and Deadline have both just written articles after Netflix’ Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos talked about the future of the company at this morning’s investor conference call. Most importantly, he said that they would be boosting the 5% of current revenues that go toward creating new shows “to 10%, to 12%, to 15% over the next couple of years.”
While this is great news for cord cutters and fans of original programming, he said that Firefly fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. While Arrested Development grew in numbers as people discovered it on Netflix, he thinks the number that would watch a continuation of Firefly would be “fewer than the 6M who watched it.” He probably has backed this up by looking at Netflix’ own data regarding how many new people watch each show.
Arrested Development has posted that the new season will be coming exclusively to Netflix on May 26th, 2013, with 15 all new episodes. Fans have been clamoring for the show, so this is a huge score for Netflix.
Many people have seen some odd shows that popped up on Netflix Instant, wondering what’s going on with the cast of Arrested Development in weird movies and shows. They are actually tie-ins with the show, and link to the appropriate place in an Arrested Development episode where a commercial or show tie-in aired. Arrested Development’s new season is coming to Netflix in 2013, but until then, enjoy these fake movie/show tie-ins: