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Binge Season Approaching: Netflix to Double Its Original Programming Slate Next Year

Binge Season Approaching: Netflix to Double Its Original Programming Slate Next Year

Buoyed by a fall season that launched breakout hits “Master of None” and “Jessica Jones,” Netflix is set to double their slate of original programming next year to a whopping 31 scripted series. The announcement was made by the streaming company’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a speech at the UBS Media Conference earlier this week (as originally reported by Broadcasting & Cable). Today, the company also revealed that its show “Grace and Frankie,” starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, has been renewed for a third season.

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So far, the company’s gamble has paid off. Earlier today, Netflix cemented itself as an awards season force to be reckoned with, garnering nine Golden Globe nominations. Despite snubs for popular Netflix shows like “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Jessica Jones,” the Golden Globes showed plenty of love for streaming with nods for Netflix mainstay “Orange is the New Black” and Netflix newbie “Narcos” in the best drama series category, as well as Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None” in the best actor in a comedy category. 

Considering the fact that Netflix’s first experiment with original programming, “House of Cards,” premiered less than three years ago, this expansion is simply staggering. Yet despite the rapid acceleration, Sarandos ensured, “It’s not just a lot of volume,” before adding “This is quality stuff.”

Showing no signs of slowing down, Netflix plans for the release of 10 new feature films, 30 kids’ shows, 12 documentaries, and 10 stand-up special in addition to the 31 scripted shows. Sarandos also spoke about how Netflix’s ongoing international expansion will advance their push for wider original programming.

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