Netflix Renews ‘Dead to Me’ for Third and Final Season, Expands Partnership With Creator Liz Feldman

Netflix has announced a new multiyear creative partnership with producer Liz Feldman for original series and other projects. Under the agreement, the dark comedy series “Dead to Me” created by Feldman will return to Netflix for a third and final season.

“Liz Feldman is a comedic force who brings her fresh and distinct point of view to every element of the creative process from inception through writing and producing,” Jane Wiseman, Netflix VP of comedy series, said in a statement. “We could not be more excited to expand our relationship with Liz and continue to work with her on ‘Dead to Me’ and future series to come.”

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Produced by CBS Television Studios for Netflix, “Dead to Me” stars Christina Applegate as Jen and Linda Cardellini as Judy, a pair of women whose lives become intertwined through grief and murder after Judy and her ex-fiancé, Steve (James Marsden) accidentally kill Jen’s husband in a hit-and-run.

Executive Producers on “Dead to Me” include Feldman, Applegate, Jessica Elbaum, Christie Smith, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, with Cardellini as co-executive producer.

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“From start to finish, ‘Dead to Me’ is exactly the show I wanted to make,” Feldman said in a statement. “And it’s been an incredible gift. Telling a story sprung from grief and loss has stretched me as an artist and healed me as a human. I’ll be forever indebted to my partners in crime, my friends for life, Christina and Linda, and our brilliantly talented writers, cast and crew. I am beyond grateful to Netflix for supporting ‘Dead to Me’ from day one, and I’m thrilled to continue our collaboration.”

Netflix Quietly Discloses Top Movies, TV Shows

Netflix, for strategic purposes, has never disclosed viewership data for original content, including TV shows and movies — unless there’s a strategic upside.

With two high-profile subscription streaming services bowing in November from Apple and Disney, and WarnerMedia and NBC Universal launching branded services early next year, Netflix has reportedly disclosed enough selective data to compile a list of top-performing original movies and series.

The New York Times cobbled together Top 10 lists of original movies and episodic programming streamed in households from October 2018 through September 2019.

Netflix, for the record, denied the release of any list, with a spokesperson telling The Times it was merely highlighting top-performing titles in quarter.

“They are not meant to be a comprehensive list of top performers,” the spokesman said.

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At the same time, Netflix has been disclosing top performing titles in Britain and Mexico — a move CCO Ted Sarandos said could be expanded to subscribers globally.

“If they want to use that as a tool to help guide their decision making, we want to help them do it,” Sarandos said on the Oct. 16 fiscal call.

Regardless, Sandra Bullock’s dystopian thriller Bird Box and sci-fi series “Stranger Things” topped both NYT lists.

Bird Box, from director Susanne Bier, about a single mother trying to protect her children from a supernatural force that makes people kill themselves after they look at it, generated more than 80 million households views since its Dec. 14, 2018 release.

The third season of “Stranger Things” generated 64 million views in its first four weeks of release since launching over the July 4 weekend.

Viewership is counted when a household watches at least 70% of an episode or movie.

Most-Watched Movies:

  1. Bird Box (80 million households)
  2. Murder Mystery (73 million)
  3. Triple Frontier (52 million)
  4. The Perfect Date (48 million)
  5. Tall Girl (41 million)
  6. The Highwaymen (40 million)
  7. Secret Obsession (40 million)
  8. Always Be My Maybe (32 million)
  9. Otherhood (29 million)
  10. Fyre (20 million)

 

Most-Watched TV Shows

  1. “Stranger Things” (64 Million)
  2. “The Umbrella Academy” (45 Million)
  3. “La Casa de Papel” (44 Million)
  4. “You” (40 Million)
  5. “Sex Education” (40 Million)
  6. “Our Planet (33 Million)
  7. “Unbelievable” (32 Million)
  8. “Dead to Me” (30 Million)
  9. “When They See Us” (25 Million)
  10. “Elite” (20 Million)