Netflix subscribers recently got a little more information as to when new and returning shows will arrive on the streaming service.
According to Netflix staff who attended the Television Critics Association summer event, the animated program “BoJack Horseman” is coming back for a third season and Aziz Ansari of “Parks and Recreation” will star in a new show from the streaming service titled “Master Of None.” “Master” will premiere this November, while “BoJack” will come back with a new season in 2016.
Meanwhile, “Longmire,” the show about a Wyoming sheriff that’s based on the books by Craig Johnson, was canceled by network A&E but has been picked up by Netflix. The new season of “Longmire” will arrive on Netflix this September.
Netflix’s recent original programming includes “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” the comedy co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock of “30 Rock” and starring Ellie Kemper, which debuted this past March; “Daredevil,” the show about the Marvel superhero that premiered this past April; and “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” a TV series that’s a prequel to the 2001 cult comedy and arrives on Netflix July 31.
The case of “BoJack Horseman” is a particularly interesting one. The animated comedy stars Will Arnett as a talking horse who starred in a 1980s sitcom and is now struggling in his career. It also stars Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Tompkins, Aaron Paul, and Alison Brie.
The show was mainly not well-received when it debuted its first season in 2014, with one critic writing, “I’m not quite sure what Netflix is thinking… mostly… the show safely canters through familiar terrain” and another calling it “relentlessly mediocre.”
But those behind the show seemed to have turned it around for the second season of “BoJack Horseman,” or at least viewers have gotten more used to the show. One critic noted of the new episodes, which debuted earlier this month, that “the second season feels stronger because 'BoJack Horseman’ is very much an acquired taste… deeply, ridiculously funny,” while another wrote that “the series’ early episodes were comedically hit-or-miss, often relying heavily on cheap targets or leaning on smart-sounding monologues, but by the end of its first season, the series found its groove and could deftly move between different comedic modes. In its second season, ‘BoJack Horseman’ takes its comedic sensibility to a whole new level.”
Which begs the question, what would have happened to “Bojack Horseman” if it had been on network TV? Some shows are allowed multiple seasons despite low ratings (the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” was never a ratings juggernaut but hung in there for seven seasons, though some were shorter than others). But last year, that same network, NBC, only picked up one new show for a second season, the program “The Mysteries of Laura.” However, that isn’t the case at all networks – ABC, for example, renewed several new shows this year, including “Black-ish,” “Galavant,” and “Agent Carter,” but the network renewed the most new programs by far. For example, fellow network Fox renewed less than half of their new shows.