By STEVE TILLEY
Posted 4 hours ago
We know Netflix.caas the place you go for movies and TV shows you can’t believe you’ve lived without for this long. Holy crap, they’ve got five seasons of Hammy Hamster on there!
(Note: Hammy Hamster does not actually hold up over time. Not at all.)
Now, the company that went from an American DVD-rental-by-mail provider to an international, on-demand digital entertainment service is branching into premium TV territory, with exclusive North American distribution deals (the Norwegian-American gangster drama Lilyhammer) and original production (David Fincher’s upcoming and reportedly problem-plagued remake of the BBC series House of Cards.)
But what really gets us excited is the prospect of Netflix resurrecting shows that were cancelled too soon. A fourth season of Arrested Development is scheduled to debut next year on the $8-per-month streaming video service, and the producers of Fox’s recently cancelled sci-fi series Terra Nova are reportedly in talks with Netflix to see the dino-drama stave off extinction.
Since Netflix seems eager to move deeper into the production and distribution biz and is willing to give fan-favourite shows a second shot, we’ve come up with five more series we’d love to see get another crack at life on the Internet’s own TV network. Many of these comebacks are highly unlikely, but we can dream, right?
The Avengers director Joss Whedon’s last two forays into TV did not fare nearly as well as his much-loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer or its spinoff, Angel. Dollhouse limped through two seasons before being axed in 2009, but Whedon’s brilliant 2002 space Western Firefly didn’t even make it to the end of its first season. While Edmonton native Nathan Fillion is busy starring in ABC’s Castle, we bet he’d put on Capt. Mal Reynold’s brown coat once more if the opportunity were to present itself. It would be very shiny indeed.
HBO’s gritty, profanity-laced Western ran for three seasons and won eight Emmy Awards before the cable network pulled the plug in 2006. Series star Ian McShane has repeatedly said Deadwood is permanently buried on Boot Hill, but creator David Milch seems open to the idea of bringing it back in some form. Plus, it would mean we could play the lethal Deadwood drinking game again, where you take a gulp every time McShane’s aptly named Al Swearengen drops an f-, s-or c-bomb.
You’ve probably never heard of this 2003 animated series created by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (directors of the new 21 Jump Street movie) and Phil Lawrence ( Scrubs, Cougar Town), and that in itself is a shame. After one quick season on Teletoon and MTV, this hilarious, smart and occasionally bizarre Canadian-American show about teenaged clones of famous historical figures simply disappeared from view. We’d give anything to see its DNA get replicated.
What’s that you say? Community isn’t cancelled? While we’re thrilled to see the show returning from its overlong hiatus this week, it might be naive to hope NBC will see the light and keep it around for a fourth season. But Community would be a perfect candidate for the Arrested Development treatment, giving Netflix the chance to keep the show alive while the fan base is still eager and rabid. If they do that, they can have our $8 per month for the rest of our lives.