‘Bojack Horseman’ Clears The Netflix Hurdle


Life in the Netflix lane moves fast. Just a few days after debuting its first adult animated comedy “Bojack Horseman,” the streaming provider (that may as well be a network) has opted to renew the show for a second season. When we spoke with “Bojack Horseman” co-star Paul F. Tompkins, he praised Netflix for their willingness to commit to projects they believe in and for their hands-off approach with creaors.

Netflix is notoriously secretive about the magic formula it uses when picking winners from its pool of original series but based on past experience, either “Bojack Horseman” managed to snag a sizable audience or it simply generated enough buzz on social and traditional media to merit renewing for another season. Netflix doesn’t rely on ads to pay the bills, so its original series have to be capable of driving up subscriptions to the streaming service or keeping existing subscribers locked in while they wait for a new season.

“Bojack Horseman” was created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg and features the voice talents of a crop of cult-TV favorites. Series lead Will Arnett is joined by Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, and Paul F. Tompkins who lend their voices to a motley cast of Hollywood losers, many of whom are bipedal animals. The show walks a fine line between indulging in total absurdist humor and telling oddly human stories about its anthropomorphic cast.

The series will return with another 12 episodes at some point in the future. As yet no specific release date has been announced. Netflix has also renewed most of its comedy schedule include Rick Gervais’ “Derek” and “Arrested Development,” which also stars Will Arnett.