As much as viewers love the original programming being consistently released by the folks over at Netflix, not every series the streaming service produces has been a winner. Shows like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and Daredevil (which was recently renewed for Season 3) have viewers clearing their social schedules to binge episode after episode. Despite the fact that the success rate at Netflix is likely among the strongest for any network or streaming service out there, the future of some of its shows remains wholly up in the air.
Let’s take a look at some series which may or may not produce additional episodes in the near future, regardless of how popular the shows may have seemed. For the record, we’re not counting shows that have already been renewed for another season or Netflix’s hit-of-the-moment Stranger Things, since it just debuted and will almost certainly receive a second season.
1. Marco Polo (2014-present)
This period drama stars Lorenzo Richelmy as the show’s titular explorer, delving into his early years in the court of Kublai Khan. Since its premiere in late 2014, the show has delivered two seasons and 20 episodes to Netflix subscribers. Season 2 was only recently debuted, however, and there has been no clear indication on if the show will return. Given its period setting and mixed-to-negative reviews, it’s possible that Netflix may opt out of another round in order to direct its focus on proven successes and promising new prospects.
2. W/ Bob & David (2015-present)
Fans of W/ Bob & David were no doubt were giddy at the prospect of another series with comedians Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Yet despite strong reviews across the board, this sketch comedy show has since been placed on indefinite hiatus after only a single season and just five episodes. Both Odenkirk and Cross seem game for another round, and as recently as June 2016, buzz has circulated that Season 2 might happen. Keep your fingers crossed, fans, and you just might get your wish sooner rather than later.
3. Hibana: Spark (2016-present)
This Japanese language series is among the newer additions to the Netflix streaming service, having debuted in June 2016. Based on the novel Hibana by Naoki Matayoshi, the show centers on an aspiring comedian (Kento Hayashi) who is taken under the wing of a veteran performer (Kazuki Namioka). The show’s 10 episode first season has yet to receive an order for a follow-up, but at this early stage, there’s every chance that the drama could be renewed before too long.
4. Flaked (2016-present)
Will Arnett has no shortage of high-profile gigs. He’s appeared in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, voiced the lead character in next year’s The Lego Batman Movie, and (of course) has an ongoing role as the scene-stealing Gob Bluth on Arrested Development (also on Netflix). Season 1 of this new comedy series — which follows a shady self-help guru — debuted earlier this year to mixed reviews. Arnett co-created the show and it’s undetermined whether Netflix will renew it for a second season.
[Update, 7/28/16: Netflix has announced via Facebook that ‘Flaked’ will return for a second season in 2017.]
5. Netflix Presents: The Characters (2016-present)
This sketch comedy series premiered on Netflix in March 2016 with eight half-hour episodes. Each installment features a different up-and-coming comedian who writes and stars in his or her own episode. As a result, the series’ sense of humor runs the gamut and will likely elicit mixed responses from viewers. Little has been revealed regarding plans to continue the show, but we have to admit the concept behind it sounds like an intriguing way to let emerging talent have their time in the spotlight.
6. Lady Dynamite (2016-present)
Lady Dynamite debuted earlier this year with a 12 episode first season. The surreal comedy series proves that comedian Maria Bamford may not be everyone’s taste, but those who appreciate her dark, offbeat sense of humor will absolutely fall in love with it. Co-created by Pam Brady (South Park) and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), the show’s based on Bamford’s own struggles with bipolar disorder and has earned stellar reviews. Still, the show hasn’t been renewed for a second season yet.
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