Netflix Explains Why Fuller House Is a Thing That Exists, When Marvel's Next Series Might Premiere, and More


Netflix will release 475 hours of original programming this year, including its original scripted comedies and dramas, children's programming, documentaries, and comedy specials. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos took the stage at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Tuesday to discuss said programming and most importantly, why the streaming service decided to bring back the '90s series Full House despite the fact the show itself is not currently available to watch on on Netflix

"Full House is a really neat show in [popular] culture in that it never went away," explained Sarandos, noting that the show has seen success in syndication and its audience has become multi-generational in part because it's been readily available since it ended its original run. 


Most of the show's original cast has returned for Fuller House and the series, which follows a recently widowed adult DJ Tanner, is "very much in the same spirit... but a modern take on Full House," said Sarandos.

And most important of all the most-important things, the Olsen twins are also "teetering" on whether or not they'll be part of the revival. 


Here are some other highlights from the panel:

On viewing numbers: At this point, trying to pry numbers out of Sarandos is like pulling teeth, but that won't stop us from trying. Sarandos noted that the decision to renew shows is determined on a show-by-show basis and that there is no ground floor a series has to reach to get good news. Netflix also doesn't line its shows up against each another, because their intent is not to draw the biggest audience. "None of [our] shows are designed to attract the entire 65 million subscriber base to watch... These shows have been successful in addressing the audience segments were chasing."

On when Marvel's Jessica Jones will premiere: Netflix hopes to launch two of their planned Marvel series a year. "Ideally there will be a rhythm of every six months you'll get a new series from the Defender group," said Sarandos. If you do the math, that means Jessica Jones should debut sometime in October (Marvel's Daredevil was released in April), but only time will tell if that's true. Sarandos also said that some of Marvel's series will "selectively have multiple seasons."

On the status of a new season of Arrested Development"We are plugging along—and I know I keep saying that, but it's a long, complex deal to make for these guys," Sarandos said. "This show is owned by Fox, so we have to make a deal with Fox and the talent makes a deal with Fox, and Fox has to get it into its production schedule." But Season 5 is coming, he assured.

On Adam Sandler: "I don't have to defend Adam Sandler," said Sarandos when asked about Netflix's decision to enter into a deal with the actor, recently under fire for perceived racist humor in his upcoming Netflix series The Ridiculous Six. He also called the recent debut of Pixels "respectable" and said that they made the deal with Sander because he is an "enormous international movie star." 

On whether sports will ever come to Netflix: Noting that sports are largely a live-viewing experience, not an on-demand one, Sarandos said, "I would not rule it out in terms of we will never do sports, but today, the real benefit of watching something on Netflix is the consumer control of it."

On upcoming programming: During the panel, Netflix also announced premiere dates for the Season 4 of Longmire and Aziz Ansari's new comedy series, Master of None. Netflix also renewed BoJack Horseman for a third season.

How do you think Netflix is doing?

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Jul 29, 2015
What happened to the Top Gear guys? MORE POWERRRRR!
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Jul 29, 2015
Well Clarkson was fired didn't have his contract renewed so Hammond and May decided to leave as well. But they will be making more episodes with a new group of presenters.
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Jul 29, 2015
They really only need one of the Olsen twins.
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Jul 29, 2015
Sophie's choice.
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Jul 28, 2015
So, slow news day, so instead of just including the premiere dates of Longmire and Master of None, you made 2 separate articles.
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Jul 28, 2015
We're at the Television Critics Association summer press tour so we'll be reporting a lot of news stories over the next few weeks. Those premiere dates were separate news that broke prior to the the executive news session that this story reports on.
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Jul 28, 2015
a recently widowed adult DJ Tanner

Really?! My god! So basically they did the exact same thing that made the original's show premise to make the sequel. So instead of only the three 'uncles' she has her sister( no MK/A Olsen probably) and Kimmy? Certainly " very much in the same spirit" as the original. :/
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Jul 28, 2015
At this point, I believe Netflix is gonna pull a Beyoncé and drop all of Jessica Jones in the middle of the night on some obscure date with no warning.
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Jul 28, 2015
Oh god, please don't even joke. That gives me anxiety.
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Jul 28, 2015
Full House went away. It had it's series finale 20 years ago. It's in syndication on Nickelodeon, and who watches that anymore? Ask a bunch of kids born after 2000 and they might know what it is, but I doubt they're in love with it or hungry for a re-boot. See: Girl Meets World. Fuller House is a thing because the suits at Netflix believe that they can make a lot of money from it.
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Jul 28, 2015
I think Jessica Jones should come out in October... Age of Ultron's home video release is in October and we know how much Marvel like synergy lol
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Jul 28, 2015
If Netflix is doing 475 hours a year of original programming, how many hours a season does a basic cabler produce? I know that's more a question for Cory, but I'm curious how Netflix stacks up against A&E, AMC, Comedy Central, Syfy, TNT, and FX (kind of a see-saw of hourly programming, that's why I chose those specifically).
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Jul 28, 2015
475 hours a year or 80 minutes a day, doesn't seem like that much
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Jul 28, 2015
TNT has 105 hours of original scripted programming in the last season. I'm not counting reality programming. Based on what I saw there, I'll give rough estimates to the others...

A&E has only around 30 to 40 hours of original programming, from what I can tell (they only have 1 current program, the rest seems to have just ended).

AMC looks like around 70 hours.

FX has around 60 to 70.

Syfy looks like it has more than I expected, 120 last season. Why is it whenever I turn to this station it's reruns of syndicated stuff or terrible junk movies then? It looks like almost none of those hours were actual sci-fi, that explains it.

And Comedy Central looks like around 106 hours of scripted programming (so I'm including stand-up shows like The Half Hour, but not current-events shows like The Daily Show, The Nightly Show, or @Midnight; I counted Tosh.0 as stand-up, if you want to count it as current-events then it'd drop 15 hours from the schedule, it's a fine line). Comedy Central is the most diverse with 18 separately-developed series.
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Jul 28, 2015
Does your FX estimate include Kurt Sutter Hours?
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Jul 29, 2015
No, I actually forgot how much content ended on FX last season and forgot to factor that in to my estimate. That explains why it felt so low.

FX would be around 126 hours of programming.
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Aug 02, 2015
About 10 hours of which is montages set to bad covers of old songs.
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Jul 28, 2015
We want a Season 5 of AD!
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Jul 28, 2015
and a movie, please! It's been too long.
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Jul 28, 2015
I started Netflix for the movies... I love being a subscriber (I was before the online streaming was even a thing) but I really like some of the shows they've revived and created. I look forward to more.
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Jul 28, 2015
Despite the "flix" still in its name Netflix doesn't have very many movies anymore.
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Feb 11, 2016
Mtv is still called Mtv despite the lack of M.
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Jul 28, 2015
Yeah, I enjoy checking out Zombeavers as much as the next person (yes, that is a movie on Netlfix) but I miss some of the greats being there.
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Jul 28, 2015
They still have plenty of movies but just not many good movies.
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Jul 28, 2015
If you like horror AT ALL check out Odd Thomas. More of the thriller than straight up horror, very enjoyable.
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Jul 28, 2015
Well, if Arts & Entertainment can mostly air reality and The Learning Channel can air only Honey Boo Boo type shows, then...
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Jul 29, 2015
Mtv, MUSIC television was the first vile offender
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Jul 29, 2015
Exactly. "What's in a name?"
Apparently, not much these days.
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