Streaming services are quickly replacing cable television with a wealth of movies and series that can only be seen online. Netflix is currently leading the content wagon with a seemingly endless variety of original programming. And while the long-running streaming service has been spending a lot of money to not only produce but acquire television content, it seems as though Netflix’s series will be branching outward onto cable.
According to THR, Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” the critical success of an animated comedy-drama about a washed-up anthropomorphic horse actor, will soon be headed to Comedy Central. This marks the first time any of Netflix’s original series have been licensed for a television network. Don’t worry; BoJack isn’t leaving Netflix for cable. Why would it? The series has already been nominated for multiple awards and is showing no signs of stopping after four seasons that have garnered big reactions. The fifth season is set to premiere on Netflix September 14th, a season that Comedy Central has also purchased the rights to, though it’s unclear when these new episodes will air on the channel.
Of course, there’s the bigger question of why Comedy Central would bother picking up a show that can already be watched on a service nearly every home media consumer already has access to. What it essentially boils down to is money, viewing BoJack as just another popular program to purchase for their line-up, no different than acquiring “That 70s Show” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Okay, maybe it’s a little different, but the principle is the same. A better comparison would be their recent acquisition of reruns for “The Cleveland Show” and “King of the Hill.”
“BoJack Horseman” will make its Comedy Central debut September 26 at 10:30 PM, following the season premiere of “South Park.”