Riverdale to Surface on Netflix NZ

The Archie Comics dramatisation Riverdale is the latest Warner Bros series to bypass TVNZ for Netflix.

It will premiere on the streaming service on January 27, where it will stream in weekly episodes within hours of going to air on the CW network in the US.

Normally, a WB series would automatically be picked up by TVNZ as part of its output deal with the studio.

But under its own pact with the CW, Netflix has international rights to several WB series, including two others that already have debuted, Frequency and No Tomorrow.

IndieWire summed up the trailer for Riverdale as “Archie Comics meets Twin Peaks in sexy and twisted mystery series”. (Here’s Vanity Fair’s pre-trailer guide to what to expect from “a dark TV adaptation [that] sounds absolutely bonkers”.)

Also new to Netflix next month will be the Canadian western Frontier, a re-make of ’70s sitcom One Day at a Time, and fresh takes on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Adventures and Tarzan and Jane.

Alas, still missing from Netflix NZ is the series Medici: Masters of Florence, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden as members of the Italian banking clan who turned a small family business into a financial empire and went on to fund the greatest artists of the Renaissance.

Local rights have been sold to distributor eOne but it’s not clear if Medici has been licensed for broadcasting or streaming.

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7 Responses to “Riverdale to Surface on Netflix NZ”

  1. Well boo to that. Our own KJ Apa having a starring role in this series and you have to pay to see it. I’m starting to see what a globalised Netflix will do to our local rights holders. In a few years Netflix may gobble up all the rights for shows and have all the output deals that our local networks sometimes rely on. Will Riverdale and the other two series resurface on TVNZ or TVNZ OnDemand, Philip?

  2. I think everyone in New Zealand should subscribe to Netflix, they are the best 🙂

  3. Hi Leo. They’ll remain Netflix exclusives, aside from their release next year on DVD/Blu-ray. For what it’s worth, it’s not in Hollywood’s interest to let any one player dominate a market, so I don’t think you have to worry about Netflix hoovering up all the major rights. While free-to-air and pay-TV operators are losing market share, the kind of deals Netflix is doing (see post links) illustrates how Hollywood studios can maintain output deals with the likes of TVNZ while still cashing in on the Netflix phenomenon.

  4. Netflix certainly have some great shows, I’m looking forward to The OA today and Van Helsing tomorrow 🙂

  5. I think that the Sky Soho and The Zone channels are better than Netflix. Each to their own, though.

  6. That may be true, Mark, but I wonder if SoHo or The Zone would have screen a show like 3% or Sense8?, probably not 🙂

  7. Cheers for the reply, Philip. A little annoyed Riverdale won’t air on free-to-air TV but oh well. Nevertheless, thanks for your info and reasoning behind this deal.

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