October 14, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
Soon, you may be able to use Netflix to get your Gossip Girl fix!
The streaming service just announced a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. TV and CBS. Unfortunately, it won’t open up the CBS vault. Instead, Netflix users can catch a lot of guilty pleasures, also known as scripted series from the The CW.
The deal will grant Netflix the rights to stream more than 700 hours of previous-season episodes of The CW’s young-skewing dramas, as well as future programs, all the way through the 2014-2015 season. “These rights extend for four years after each series, current or future, ends its broadcast run on the network,” says the announcement.
In other words, no O.C. for you. However, it will include new series such as Ringer, Hart of Dixie, and The Secret Circle. There will also be plenty of old favorites, including The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural, Nikita, and One Tree Hill.
“This deal works across multiple levels for us,” said Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW. “Not only will we be able to recruit new viewers for our shows through the powerful reach of Netflix, but it also makes The CW an even more attractive option to the creative community.”
Netflix will start streaming The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and Nikita on Saturday, October 15. Supernatural and 90210 will show up in January 2012, with everything else expected by fall 2012.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.