Girls5eva get the band together and hit the road – to a new streaming home.
The star-studded comedy, which aired as a Peacock Original for its first two seasons, has been renewed for a third round – on Netflix.
Stars Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell and Busy Philipps will all return for the musical’s third season on the streaming giant. The series deal also includes the rights to Girls5evathe first two seasons, which will air on both Peacock and Netflix. The series is expected to arrive on Netflix next year, before the third season begins, in a move similar to what the streamer did when it was acquired. Cobra Kai from YouTube.
“Our sincere thanks to Peacock for bringing Girls5eva to life and creatively supports us at every turn from the first pitch. And we are infinitely grateful to our partners at NBCU for their unwavering commitment,” said executive producers Meredith Scardino, Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond and Robert Carlock. “Today we are thrilled to announce that our reunited girl group will be reunited once again on Netflix. We are so grateful to everyone on the streamer who fell in love with our musical. We can’t wait to present Dawn, Wickie , Summer and Gloria to Netflix’s global audience Well, not fully featured, if you look closely, Girls5eva can be seen in the background of the Woodstock ’99 documentary setting fire to a portable pot.
Sources say the show failed to find an audience on Peacock, the NBCUniversal-backed streamer who also struggled through a crowded landscape and fierce competition from other newly launched platforms such than HBO Max and Apple TV+. Netflix, which previously saved the film produced by Fey Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt after NBC passed the comedy straight to the show, stepped in, and struck a deal for a third season of Girls5eva with the hope that its global platform could help the series find an audience in a similar way to how it did with Pop’s Schitt’s Creek, For life You and broadcast the rejects Lucifer and Manifest.
Netflix’s relationship with Fey and Kimmy co-creator Robert Carlock as well as writers Meredith Scardino and Jeff Richmond. Girls5eva was created by Scardino, who earned an Emmy nomination for writing for the series. Fey, Carlock and Richmond are among the show’s executive producers. Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s Global Head of TV, developed Kimmy during her tenure atop Universal Television, where Fey has been based for years with an overall deal, and eventually sold the show to the streamer after NBC passed on the series starring Ellie Kemper and ran for four seasons.
Sources also note that Netflix’s head of comedy Tracey Pakosta originally wanted to buy Girls5eva for NBC when she, alongside Lisa Katz, served as Co-Chair of Scripts for the broadcast network. Ultimately, the project was for Peacock and Pakosta, a former Universal TV comedy executive, ended up leaving NBCU to reunite for Bajaria at Netflix.
“We are so happy to bring Girls5eva to Netflix,” said Pakosta, vice president of comedy at Netflix. “Just like the show, we are so excited to reunite with this incredible team.”
Peacock, meanwhile, will continue to have the broadcast rights to the first two seasons of Girls5eva and will share them with Netflix. The third season will be exclusive to Netflix. The decision to let go Girls5eva comes as Peacock struggles to find a platform-defining must-watch show. The comedy was particularly difficult for the streamer, who canceled the darling review Rutherford Falls and his saved by the bell updated after two seasons each. No comedy reached a third season at Peacock. The platform, overseen as part of a content group that includes NBC and various cable networks, has comedy by Pete Davidson Bupkis, a Ted reboot and a Perfect spinoffs in preparation, among others.
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