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Nov 15 13 9:16 PM
ohvaI have tons of friends. They're just all online.
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ohva wrote:MC and SM probably got tired of me repeating in chat that the concluding episodes should be Holder seeing Linden through her trial so she could go to 'Orange Is The New Black'. She could then be the new character on that series, the catatonic cop convicted of murder. And Joel could move on from Holder.
I am so glad they are only doing six episodes and they told us up front it is a conclusion. I presume this is in Netflix selfish interest, to put a wrap on the story for their Netflix library. We will be watching and chatting!
I will be interested to see how present Holder is in Kinnamans very busy year.
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For those that don’t know sports and didn’t see the Brad Pitt movie
from a couple years back, the concept of moneyball, in its basic form,
is to hire baseball players cost effectively in order to build a roster.
In theory, for the cost of one A-Rod you can buy three Scott Hattebergs
that, as Brad Pitt
puts it in the movie, get on base and thus bring the team to victory at
a fraction of the cost. So using that as the definition it seems
Netflix is employing a similar strategy to make itself competitive in
the television marketplace.
Of course the digital network has its original hits like House of Cards and Orange is The New Black, but
for years it’s been trying to buy washed-up series it can rebuild at
little financial risk and that guarantee new subscribers through fan
support. It worked with Arrested Development, they tried it with Terra Nova, The River and Jericho, and now they’ve just closed a deal on AMC’s recently cancelled The Killing
to bring the (now twice cancelled) series back to life for a 6-episode
final season that will air exclusively on the digital platform.
So in addition to diving into its original programming full steam by teaming up with Marvel Television, the network is also building a library of defunct series to help gain viewership, and it’s working. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has stated there’s been larger growth than expected thanks to Arrested Development,
and considering the cost of shows that are already up and running is
far less than that of the company’s original programming, it makes
complete sense why Netflix would seek to renew shows that fit that bill.
The Killing has a very vocal fan base on Twitter and Facebook, a fan base that convinced production company FOX and distributor AMC to team up
with Netflix to produce a third season. Now it appears FOX has realized
there’s no need to bother with airing the series traditionally if its
audience is based online anyway. Instead it’ll drop-off the final
episodes with Netflix exclusively which ultimately makes the series more
viable to the platform (more on that next week).
Netflix has the upper hand in these renewals because it knows how bubble shows perform on its service. According to COO Ted Sarandos, it’s all about evolution. What made Arrested Development
viable to the company was the fact that its fan base grew as the years
passed following its cancellation. The same cannot be said for shows
like Firefly which,
in the eyes of Netflix, has not grown in fan base size. The beauty of
acquiring a show fresh off the cancellation block is the fan base is
still actively growing, so if Netflix can take advantage of that system
at the most opportune moment, the reward can be massive for all the
Moneyball is a complex game of statistics. If analyzed properly, the
concept can lead to great things, and Netflix understands that. For a
traditional network like AMC, the ratings The Killing was pulling
in just couldn’t justify its existence. But for Netflix, a possible 1.5
million new subscribers is an additional $12 million a month in their
pocket, more than enough to justify the acquisition and more than enough
to prove this digitized, mass-media version of the famed baseball
tactic is worthy of pursuit.
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ohva wrote:That makes sense to me. If we think of a major channel like AMC as being like a multiplex movie theater, it has to focus on new blockbusters with big numbers to keep a critical mass of people coming in its doors.
If we think of a place like Netflix as being more like a bookstore or library, they need to have product available for the dedicated readers heading straight to the mystery section of the bookstore. They have The Killing on the shelf for that niche group because they will pay Netflix to keep a mystery and crime library.
This six episode series is a minimal investment for Netflix to put The Killing into a nice "boxed book set", with a beginning and end. It can sit on the shelf of the mystery section for years now.
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ohva wrote:I think it is more about a standard TV series lead actor contract that runs for around six years (unless the series is cancelled) than it is about him being gracious. He has done such a fantastic job with the character though, I am sure he will be fine with concluding the series.
It will be nice to get a wrap-up to the series instead of leaving the characters in limbo. I think everyone will like that.
I presume they will once again start fresh with a new cast of supporting actors.
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