- Netflix’s Emmys "For Your Consideration" website lists competing shows ahead of when the eligibility period ends in May.
- Many of the shows have previously been canceled after just two or three seasons.
- Netflix doesn’t see value in shows that run over 30 episodes in total, Deadline reported last month.
- But it sees value in the Emmys, and tied with HBO for the most wins last year.
Netflix doesn’t like long-running shows, but it loves the Emmys.
Netflix’s Emmys "For Your Consideration" website lists a bevy of competing shows ahead of when the eligibility period ends (series released between June 1, 2018 and May 31 this year will be considered). And voting for nominees begins in June.
Many of the shows Netflix is campaigning for have been canceled in the last year after just two or three seasons, including its Marvel shows like "Daredevil" and more recently, "One Day at a Time."
Netflix sees little value in shows that run longer than 10 episodes a season or 30 episodes in total, Deadline reported last month. After that, a show becomes too expensive to continue to invest in, unless it’s a major hit like "Stranger Things" that Netflix owns. It’s also harder for new viewers to jump into a series after that.
Video-on-demand services in general are more likely to cancel shows quickly than broadcast or cable networks, and Netflix accounts for half of video-on-demand cancellations, according to an Ampere Analysis report released last week. 12 of its 13 canceled shows since September has three seasons or fewer.
Shows like "Orange Is the New Black" and "House of Cards," two of Netflix’s first original shows in 2013, are the rare exceptions. Both will be competing in the drama category at the Emmys — "House of Cards" for its sixth and final season, and "Orange Is the New Black" for last year’s sixth season (the seventh and final season drops in July, after this year’s Emmys eligibility period).
The streaming giant broke HBO’s 17-year streak as the most nominated network at last year’s Emmys with 112 nominations. It ultimately won 23 awards, tying HBO for the most wins.
Netflix is looking to repeat its success at this year’s Emmys in September after a breakthrough performance at the other big awards ceremony, the Oscars, in February. Netflix’s "Roma" lost best picture to "Green Book," but the movie still won three major awards, heightening Netflix’s already tense relationship with the traditionalists of Hollywood.
Below are 13 canceled Netflix TV shows competing at this year’s Emmys (excluding unscripted shows like variety and reality series):
EMMY CATEGORY: DRAMA SERIES
"The Good Cop"
Description: "When he’s not solving murders, a pathologically honest detective tries to keep an eye on his crooked but kindhearted dad."
Number of seasons: 1
Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 52%
What critics said: "How you respond to The Good Cop will be determined largely by how much you embraced the ‘Characters Welcome’ phase of USA, although I must say that I watched most of those shows and couldn’t really get through much of this one." — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"House of Cards"
Description: "With Frank out of the picture, Claire Underwood steps fully into her own as the first woman president, but faces formidable threats to her legacy."
Number of seasons: 6
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 6): 71%
What critics said: "The self-serious drama hasn’t just morphed into a Ryan Murphy fantasy sequence; it appears to have thought more holistically about what promoting women should actually look like." — Willa Paskin, Slate
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