Netflix revives cult-favorite ‘Trailer Park Boys’

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“Trailer Park Boys” ended in 2008, but the large cult following it amassed gave Netflix a reason to resurrect the show.

Round up the kittens and throw some cheeseburgers on the grill, “Trailer Park Boys” is back. Netflix has  revived the cult favorite, which ended  its initial run in 2008. The company is  producing three new specials, two new  movies and two full seasons of antics
from everyone’s favorite recidivists set  to premiere later this year.

Netflix announced the deal on  March 5 and said that it will also  make the first seven seasons of the  show available for the first time on a  streaming service in the U.K., Ireland,  the Netherlands and Latin America.
“The Trailer Park Boys are  Canadian legends and their brand has  an incredible fan following at home  and around the world,” Netflix said in  a press release. “We are looking forward  to seeing their global success explode as  Netflix rolls out fresh content and old  favorites.”

The show, which began airing in  Canada in 2000, follows the exploits of  three lovable career criminals as they  rob liquor stores, fence stolen goods and  dream pulling off one last, big score.  While the show has a cult following  in the U.S., its initial run scored solid  ratings in its home country of Canada for  the premium cable channel Showtime.

Thesis student Emily Bolotin said  that she is excited to see what the boys  from Alberta have in store.
“I’m very excited because that  seems to be going well … [Netflix]  seems to be competent at bringing back
the cast and keeping it true to what the  original series was about,” Bolotin said.

Despite financial disputes, most of  the original cast are expected to reprise their roles.

“Trailer Park Boys” ended in 2008, but the large cult following it amassed gave Netflix a reason to resurrect the show.
their roles.  With “Orange is the New Black”  and “House of Cards” being met with  critical and popular acclaim, Netflix
is expanding its arsenal of exclusive offerings to include a broader range of  properties. With its circuitous story lines and brisk, 25-minute episodes,  “Trailer Park Boys” fits right in with the current trend for binge watching.
Last year, Netflix premiered a new season of another cult favorite  “Arrested Development.” However, the  new season received a tepid response  from audiences and critics alike.

Alum Diana Watson (‘09) said that  she hopes “Trailer Park Boys” will dodge  the problems that beset “Arrested Development.”

“I’m tentatively very excited for  the new seasons,” Watson said. “While  I think it’s great that we get more of the  show, its been many years since it first  came out so I’m concerned that a similar  situation to Arrested Development will  happen where the producers feel the  need to reintroduce characters to reel  in a new audience.”

Th e revival of “Trailer Park Boys”  is part of a larger strategy to garner more viewers in the lucrative 20-39 age
bracket. “Trailer Park Boys” is intended  to bring more millennial subscribers to  Netflix.
Ironically, the popularity of shows  such as “Trailer Park Boys” among  younger viewers could hurt rather
than help Netflix. According to CNET,  about 175,000 users downloaded the  Netflix-exclusive episodes of Arrested
Development within 48 hours of the  season’s premiere.

Whether “Trailer Park Boys” will  draw more viewers to Netflix will largely  depend on the fan response to the first  slew of episodes. With two new seasons and a slate  of specials and movies, the “Trailer  Park Boys” package picked up by Netfl x
may make a more compelling case for  potential subscribers to stick around  than the one-off season model.

Pre-production for the new season  began in January. Th e new episodes  are expected to stream on Netflix  in summer of 2014. The third film,  “Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It,” is  currently slated for theatrical release in  April of 2014.

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