Thanks to the streaming service Netflix, some show are able to get a second life. Not bound to commercial advertising, the streaming subscription service has the freedom and flexibility to produce content as they see fit. Based on their users’ ratings and recommendations, the show crafts the Original Programming to suit their wants and needs without the need to please advertisers. As a result, some shows that were canceled get a second chance. Netflix was able to bring shows like Arrested Development, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Killing, Trailer Park Boys, Longmore, Fuller House (Full House), and Gilmore Girls back for additional seasons. As a result, whenever a show with a strong fan base is cancelled, the first thing they want is for Netflix to bring it back. ABC canceled Marvel’s Agent Carter after its second season due to declining ratings. The semi spin-off of Captain America: The First Avenger and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. followed agent Peggy Carter as went on her secret agent adventures in the 1940s was a critical hit, but in the second season did not garner the rating needs for the show to remain on the air.
Enter the “Save Agent Carter” Netflix campaign. Dedicated fans launched a change.org campaign to bring the show to Netflix, which had more than 127,000 signatures. With the success of the Netflix/Marvel partnership bringing us shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and soon enough Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for Netflix to bring back Agent Carter on the streaming service. Unfortunately, Netflix did not decide to move forward with the third season of Agent Carter. When asked why Netflix passed on Agent Carter, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos gave his explanation.
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.”
Sarandos also explained that it was “more a business decision than a creative one” citing Agent Carter had various international deals and it would have been difficult to bring the series under its distribution umbrella. Sadly to say, it looks like we have seen all we can from Peggy Carter.
Fear, not Marvel fans, Netflix still has its Marvel programming to keep us entertained for the foreseeable future.