Whose 2022 bingo card featured one of Netflix’s most well-liked original episodes provided by Amazon?
The Jeff Bezos-owned company is now in command of Wednesday, quickly becoming its rival’s second-largest English-language series after its $8.5 billion acquisition of MGM.
The Jenna Ortega-fronted program became just the third to exceed the 1 billion hours viewed milestone in less than a month. As the second-most watched program in the US, it surpassed Dahmer and Stranger Things: Season 4.
A renewal is considered inevitable, even if sources forecast it will happen in the new year rather than before the year is up. No one anticipates that MGM’s reorganization under Jen Salke as Amazon Studios will interfere with upcoming seasons. About joining the writers’ room for season two and thinking about season two locales, producers are starting to have conversations with writers. Despite a few concerns that the two new partners need to settle, insiders think the renewal negotiations will go reasonably smoothly.
The peculiar circumstances on Wednesday are a strong reminder that several of Amazon’s competitors now partner with MGM.
The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu, Last Light for NBCU’s Peacock, Fargo for FX, Vikings: Valhalla for Netflix, and development projects for Starz and Paramount+ are all produced by MGM Television. It produces a range of unscripted reality shows for cable networks, including The Voice for NBC, Shark Tank for ABC, and Survivor for CBS.
The action, according to an insider, “is a tremendous statement to the community that [Amazon Studios] is serious about selling outside and making contributions elsewhere.”
Spread most likely even more as MGM reaches its following phase. The thriller series Raising Wild, executive produced by Renée Zellweger and starring Cynthia Erivo, is already a project in development with Apple.
Amazon is already scanning the MGM collection for movies and TV episodes that it can resuscitate and remake in the “not too distant future,” according to sources.
James Bond is certainly included in this. A 007 reality competition series will be produced. However, the production business would be interested in creating a scripted television series if they can reach an arrangement with Bond supporters Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
One may hypothesize that some of these remakes from the MGM collection might perform better for broadcasters besides Freevee or Amazon Prime Video.
Before Amazon initially approached MGM in 2021, Wednesday already existed. Tim Burton, Alfred Gough, and Miles Millar launched the project in October 2020, and Netflix formally ordered it in February 2021.
The show is executive produced by Gough, Millar, Burton, Steve Stark, Andrew Mittman, Gail Berman, Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman, Tommy Harper, Kevin Lafferty, and Along with Kevin Miserocchi, Christina Ricci, Luis Guzman, Isaac Ordonez, Gwendoline Christie, Riki Lindhome, Jamie McShane, and Fred Armisen also appear in the film.
“Amazon is in business with everyone and is predicted to do so in a combination of ways,” it was claimed.