Firefly News – Netflix Chances Not Great?

The Netflix revival of Arrested Development has cult tv fans dreaming of their own shows being brought back by the streaming service. But Arrested Development was a unique type of show — one where the audience actually grew instead of shrank over time — and its success may not be the salvation other shows’ fans are hoping for, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandon told Stuff.

When asked specifically about Firefly, Sarandon had this to say:

Let me give you one broad statement about these recovery shows. In almost every case the cult around the show gets more intense and smaller as time goes by. Arrested Development was the rarest of birds in that the audience of the show grew larger than the original broadcast audience because people came to discover it years after it was cancelled. The Firefly fan is still the Firefly fan from when it was on TV and there’s fewer of them and they’re more passionate every year.

He was also asked specifically about Jericho (“I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t get an email or a personal hand-written letter about that show.”) and Buffy (“If it was my property I’d do infrequent movies.”).

Of course, there was a time when the idea of bringing any of these shows back seemed like a complete pipe dream, so we here at Cult TV aren’t ready to throw in the towel yet.