Netflix in Negotiations to Revive Reno 911!
Following the much-publicized announcement that Arrested Development will return for a new mini-season and a movie, Netflix has been vying to host the cult favorite. Now the service is looking to house another popular show that was canceled: Reno 911!.
According to a report by Vulture, Netflix is in talks with the producers of Reno 911! to produce a new season of the mockumentary cop show, which was canceled after a six-season run in 2009. Several factors, including minimal production costs, are working in the show’s favor and could make its revival possible. However, beyond discussions, nothing concrete has been decided upon, with cast members Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney-Silver and Robert Ben Garant not officially on board. Co-producer Mark Shamberg, however, has stated their future involvement is “definitely a realistic possibility.”
Another stumbling block is Comedy Central’s ownership of the Reno 911! copyright — meaning they’d have to exclusively sign the rights over to Netflix for new episodes of the show to commence.
The discussions regarding Reno 911! point to a growing trend: Netflix and Hulu are becoming prime harbors for TV shows with popular or cult followings that have been canceled. First Arrested Development, and now (potentially) Reno 911! — could a Party Down reboot possibly be next? We’re keeping our fingers crossed.
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