Arranging their latest content deal, Netflix have revealed the latest show to be getting the archived streaming treatment via their service will be Fox’s Zooey Deschanel-led sitcom New Girl.
Following an ‘exclusive multi-year’ arrangement with production company Twentieth Century Fox Television (a part of News Corp. entertainment spin-off 21st Century Fox), the single-show contract sees New Girl available to all American subscribers, although it will be limited to showing episodes only after the ‘regular broadcast run’ of its complete season is over.
The ‘ensemble roommate comedy’, which co-stars Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris, will make its 24-episode first season available immediately to Netflix users, although considering that the 25-episode second run was completed in May, it is unclear how long it will be before the new batch arrives online having not been included in the announcement.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos summarised: “We know our members love comedies and that they’ll enjoy watching all the current and future episodes of ‘New Girl’.”
Although terms of the deal weren’t revealed, Netflix could have paid an above-average sum for the series and still have it considered a wise move, with the ratings of New Girl having performed solidly with an average if unspectacular audience of 5.83m (and the 77th-best show on network television in this regard), but will most likely attract plenty of attention from viewers during its third season (which premieres on Tuesday 17 September on Fox), due to being chosen for the coveted ‘lead-out show’ spot following the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday 2 February 2014.
While the effect of that scheduling might not be truly felt until this time next year, New Girl now has a sizeable online viewerbase which it could try to fall back on if things don’t go to plan, like these segments from the show’s first season, clips that Netflix probably won’t be showing following the deal: