April showers could deliver May flowers, however we’re forecasting drought circumstances on the Netflix panorama in relation to recent new films and exhibits coming downstream to stream.
Sure, the streaming large simply launched a Netflix Original film, Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin, and has Thunder Force coming this Friday with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, however then there is a hole in Netflix’s daring promise to ship huge new films each week, earlier than getting again on monitor with the sci-fi thriller Stowaway, starring Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim, then Amanda Seyfried in Things Heard and Seen,
It’s not that there is not a lot new on Netflix in April.
It’s simply…not the deluge we’ve got turn out to be accustomed to. Kasey Moore from What’s On Netflix crunched the numbers and located that the streaming large’s “first of the month additions” for April have been lower than half of final yr’s output — from 83 all the way down to 40. For year-to-date numbers by April, Netflix has delivered 454 new choices in 2021, down from 685 in 2020, and 768 in 2019.
Just Netflix Originals, the numbers to date in 2021 whole 159, down from 180 by this level final yr.
“It’d be particularly reasonable to say the content material drought is right here,” Moore Tweeted.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down film and TV show units worldwide final spring, so it is solely pure that we might expertise a slowdown on new releases sooner or later.
As Lucas Shaw at Bloomberg pointed out: “This information is backed up by conversations I’ve had with individuals who work at Netflix, who’ve mentioned since final yr that the primary and second quarter of 2021 could be most affected by Covid. Netflix shoots most of its TV exhibits and flicks a number of months earlier than it plans to launch them, which you must do if you end up dropping each episode abruptly. As a consequence, it had shot most of its 2020 materials. But we’re now a yr into the pandemic, which implies we’re seeing the results of manufacturing stoppages from final March. April and May.”
As Decider’s resident comedy curmudgeon, it did not escape my discover that Netflix introduced ZERO new stand-up specials this month. Zero. After dominating the comedy trade for the previous few years, and regardless of filming two comedy specials through the pandemic (each outdoor at Universal City, for London Hughes and Nate Bargatze), they determined to not do greater than that, at the least not now. They nonetheless have not mentioned what they plan to do with the footage they shot final summer season throughout Dave Chappelle’s “summer season camp” in Ohio.
And they held onto Eric Andre’s wildly humorous prank film, Bad Trip, with Lil Rel and Tiffany Haddish, for greater than a yr earlier than releasing it in late March!
That’s a certain signal that Netflix is making an attempt to house out its greatest new stuff as greatest it may well till manufacturing can resume. Which it certainly and slowly has this spring.
And I hope I have never despatched any of you Netflix followers right into a panic.
Fear not. Dolly Parton will save the day as soon as extra, along with her Dolly Parton: A Musicares Tribute on Wednesday together with new doc This Is A Robbery: The World’s Greatest Art Heist, and new comedy-reality sequence, The Wedding Coach (that includes Jamie Lee and different comedians).
Netflix will get our planet’s favourite nature narrator to voice Life in Colour With David Attenborough. Documentaries like Worn Stories and My Love: Six Stories of True Love could put us all comfy, too. If not, there’s Headspace Guide to Sleep. We can chuckle at Jamie Foxx’s sequence Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! and The Circle: Season 2, and who is aware of, we could fall in love with Shadow and Bone or Zero.
With Netflix, even a quick let-up within the deluge can really feel like a drought.