Firefly will not be revived by Netflix, says sites chief content officer

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Firefly fanatics will be disappointed to know that the drama will not be revived by Netflix, according to the site’s Chief Content Officer.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos has said he is not interested in bringing the Joss Whedon sci-fi drama back as he doesn’t feel the fan base is big enough anymore to warrant a revival.


He said: “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.”

Speaking about the difference between Firefly and Arrested Development, he added: “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… because people came to discover it years after it was cancelled.”

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Firefly, which only aired for one season on FOX in the states was set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system. The drama followed the adventures of the crew aboard Serenity, which was a “Firefly-class” spaceship. Upon pitching the show, Whedon described it as “nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things.”

FOX only aired eleven of the fourteen episodes produced, however, despite the short life span of the show, it received strong sales when it was released on DVD. In terms of viewership, the season averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode.

Take a look at the promo for the season, below:

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