The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with NETFLIX’S TED SARANDOS and CINDY HOLLAND, the Chief Content Officer and his Vice President of Original Programming for an interesting and insightful look behind the curtain into NETFLIX’S world of original content.
The entire three pages are a good read for everything from status of current shows to future plans as well as some interesting analytics they use to benchmark popularity and renewal decisions. One gleaming little nugget of news in the interview shows hope for their freshman horror series HEMLOCK GROVE, as Netflix is currently hearing plotline and storyline pitches for a second season.
This is great news as far as I’m concerned. I enjoyed the first season quite a bit (read my full review here) and don’t quite understand the misplaced hatred it has received from many critics. Even though I fully acknowledge the fact that it wasn’t perfect, a second season would be a wonderful opportunity to correct some mistakes, tighten everything up and deliver a much more polished run.
When asked about what insights the data and analytics gave for the audience of HEMLOCK GROVE, Sarandos responded:
“Hemlock is much more polarizing; you either love it or hate it. The crossover for the people who love the show was American Horror Story, not The Vampire Diaries. It was incredibly popular in the Nordics because of the popularity of the Skarsgards [Bill Skarsgard stars] and in Latin America, where the horror genre is very big.”
Pretty much sums it up. If you are a fan of the recent resurgence of horror themed television, upgrade to Netflix for a free month to check it out! I’ll be tuning in to a second season for sure.