What’s happening on the Netflix original comedy special schedule?
Netflix’s upcoming comedy specials are the best thing to happen to the genre in quite some time.
It’s a time of unprecedented access to all of the original comedy material, with all its myriad influences and influences.
In the coming weeks, Netflix will be bringing back some of its most famous comedies, including Louie, Veep, and Parks and Recreation.
These new comedy specials will be the best of the best, with Netflix execs telling EW the company is taking the comedy special format seriously.
“We’re really committed to the comedy genre and we think that the best comedy specials should be the most original,” said Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings.
“If we were going to do a new sitcom or a new movie, we’d probably be looking at one or two episodes, but that doesn’t happen anymore, especially on a streaming service.
It seems to me that the most successful original comedy series are ones that are truly original, that are very special, that aren’t just about a single comedic moment.
We think that’s the most interesting and unique way to look at it.”
It’s worth noting that Netflix is planning to bring back some original material in 2018, but it’s unclear if these shows will be a part of the new set.
The comedy specials Netflix plans to bring up for consideration are the likes of Veep and Parks & Rec, as well as specials based on classics like Friends, Seinfeld, and The Simpsons.
That’s not to say the series will be devoid of original material.
Netflix’s slate of original comedies has already seen the likes in movies like The Get Down and Inside Amy Schumer, and the company has also been able to bring in some big names in movies including Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow, who co-wrote the upcoming comedy movie Inside Amy.
Netflix is hoping that these specials will draw a different crowd from the ones who have been getting their fix of original shows.
“I think the audience that is going to want to watch it is the audience who will be watching The Get Under, The Get On Up, The Dictator, The Office, The King of Queens, and those are the kinds of shows that have a lot of different things in them,” Hastings said.
“The best comedy is the best comedies.
So it makes sense to us to be more specific in what we’re bringing in.
We’re trying to keep the comedy that’s here today, but also keep things that are fresh and interesting and new and exciting and original.”