How To Stop Netflix Shows From Being Canceled Revealed By Screenwriter

Writer and producer Michael Green, who has an overall deal with Netflix, shares some candid advice on how to prevent new shows from being canceled.

Writer and producer Michael Green shares some candid advice on how to save netflix shows to be canceled. Far from the time when Card castle and Orange is the new black dominated the streaming service, Netflix has shifted to a strategy of releasing multiple new movies and shows in any given month. This approach has led to several series having a short lifespan, being canceled after only a few seasons, or in some cases not even lasting a few weeks. The recent cancellations of resident Evil and cowboy bebopafter just one season, serve as high-profile examples of Netflix’s tendency to end a story early in its run.

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But as subscribers well know, there have been many contentious cases of Netflix pulling the plug on a fan-favorite series. These decisions are made more controversial by the fact that it does not openly share its audience outside of a generalized ranking of what subscribers currently enjoy. This can make it difficult for viewers to figure out what more they can do to save a show they’re passionate about.

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Green, who signed an overall deal with Netflix in 2020, and whose credits include co-writing Logan, Alien: Pact, and Blade Runner 2049, offered some candid advice on how to record new Netflix series. In a Twitter thread, among other key tips and information, Green emphasized the importance of allowing a series to play throughout its first outing. He clarified that even if the show is running in the background, it is important that Netflix data records that a new show has been watched all the way through while it is still relatively close to its premiere date.


Green noted that rather than savoring a Netflix drama or comedy and saving it for a later date, it’s important that Netflix’s data records views within the first 28 days. The writer-producer says that while he likes the creative freedom of working at Netflix, it’s true that the way they collect data doesn’t yet take into account a show enjoyed over a long period of time. This tracks the streamer’s press releases, which often highlight how often a show was viewed in the first 28 days or offer a prediction of how many subscribers will watch a show within that time frame. Green’s thread reinforces and clarifies why the reference is so vital for new titles.


It’s worth noting that while these tips shed some light on some of the platform processes, they wouldn’t completely solve the undo problem. Different shows have different budgets, serve different audiences, and likely have different goals for what their success actually means. And on a connected front, creators complained about how netflix failed to market their series properly and limited potential audience reach. Still, it’s worth allowing a show to run from start to finish the next time you’re worried about the fate of your favorite show.

Source: Michael Green