Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Netflix's top brass, Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters defended their decision to cancel fan-favorite shows.
During an interview with Bloomberg, Sarandos maintained that the streamer has "never canceled a successful show."
"A lot of these shows were well-intended but talk to a very small audience on a very big budget.
The key to it is you have to be able to talk to a small audience on a small budget and a large audience at a large budget. If you do that well, you can do that forever."
The CEO gave South Korean hit Squid Game success as an example.
"It is very rare that a show like Squid Game from Korea would be as global as it was," he said.
"Within 30 hours, the world was watching Squid Game with no human intervention to try to market Squid Game to the world."
"We're just getting started to make Squid Game not an unusual thing, but basically something that happens literally every week," Peters added.
Meanwhile, viewers are irked by recently canceled shows, including the fantasy drama Warrior Nun, the animated sitcom Inside Job, the German period sci-fi 1899, and the horror series Resident Evil.
Fans took to Twitter to react to the latest statement by the streamer boss.
One user wrote, "Its scary to think that netflix would have definitely cancelled Breaking Bad after 2 seasons. Wondering how many great potential shows we lost."
Another commented, "Netflix should give a free month to users who watch a show’s first season and its gets cancelled."
The third person vented his frustration saying, "I dont even want to watch a show on netflix unless it already has 3 seasons.
I only got 2 episodes into Resident Evil before it got cancelled.
Dont see a point to finish it now because I just know its gonna end on a sequel bait cliffhanger with no conclusion forever."