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    Meh… I wanted full 10- episodes. 5 seasons. I wonder the timing of the seasons, will one premiere in Sept- Oct and another in Apr-May or will they be a full year apart to compete for two different Emmy cycles (most likely thing to happen tbh). And it’s really great timing to announce this…

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    More Netflix weirdness in cutting costs.

    Yeah. Kind of annoying, but probably best for everyone involved. They can write a super tight storyline with those constraints, and the actors don’t have to be on hold until 2025.

    I was selfishly hoping for 20 more episodes, but story-wise this makes sense.

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    It must be bleeding money for Netflix to cut this what feels like somewhat prematurely.

    Unfortunately, this feel like part of a larger Netflix trend to stop investing in prestige dramas.

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    While Netflix spends a ton of money on programming, I am not surprised that they would keep show’s concise.

    Bateman and Linney already command a decent salary (reportedly $3 mil a season), but considering it costs them six months a year, it’s not at all what they’re worth, in my opinion. Couple that with missed project opportunities for all three of the main leads, and at some point they would start demanding even more money for further seasons.

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    Netflix Shows with multiple Series noms:

    5 House of Cards

    4 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    2 Orange is the New Black, Crown, Stranger Things, Master of None

    Well, at least Crown should match HoC.

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    Netflix Shows with multiple Series noms:
    5 House of Cards

    4 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    2 Orange is the New Black, Crown, Stranger Things, Master of None

    Well, at least Crown should match HoC.

    wow…for as long as it feels like Netflix has been the king of content this feels like a truly terrible lineup of greatest hits.

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    Netflix has stated previously that they make money/get new subscribers based on new programming, not continuing shows. That’s why they let go of One Day at a Time. I imagine no Netflix series from now on will have more than 3-4 seasons.

    The announcement of a 4th and final season was obviously timed to coincide with the Emmy voting starting this week. Season 3 is in the running to win Drama Series and if voters feel like they are running out of time to award it and want to, they might not wait. Smart move.

    Additionally, I’m fairly certain that Part 1 and Part 2 of Ozark’s 4th season will air during 2 different Emmy cycles.

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    Netflix has stated previously that they make money/get new subscribers based on new programming, not continuing shows. That’s why they let go of One Day at a Time. I imagine no Netflix series from now on will have more than 3-4 seasons. The announcement of a 4th and final season was obviously timed to coincide with the Emmy voting starting this week. Season 3 is in the running to win Drama Series and if voters feel like they are running out of time to award it and want to, they might not wait. Smart move. Additionally, I’m fairly certain that Part 1 and Part 2 of Ozark’s 4th season will air during 2 different Emmy cycles.

     

    Yep, their strategy made sense a while back. However judging by social response to the news, and just continuously shifting viewer behavior (i.e. signing up for HBO OTT for your favorite show and then dropping it), maybe a show like Ozark would have retained and gained beyond S4.

    Ultimately, unfortunately now that the show has truly exploded in popularity, I think the story factor is the best argument for not getting an honest S4/S5 with 10 episodes each. I think the tighter episode count will rule in the series’ favor in terms of long-term reputation.

    And yes, that was a strategic move. Kind of glaringly transparent, but still.

    And releasing each part in different Emmy cycles is probably the only thing that benefits the talent in front of and behind the camera. Otherwise, it’s going to be a grueling 12+ months for the above-the-line cast and crew, even if they take a hiatus in between. That’s nuts.

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