Netflix continues losing the rights of classic shows. After 30 Rock, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Friends, the streaming service says goodbye to another of those shows everybody binges after dining or on a Sunday: ‘The West Wing.’
The multiple Emmy-winning, Martin Sheen-led political drama will move to HBO Max when the WarnerMedia streaming service is released in Spring 2020. This comes after the company also acquired Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Big Bang Theory for its service.
The Aaron Sorkin classic ran for seven seasons (1999-2006) and had more than 150 episodes. It featured a top-notch cast led by Martin Sheen, as Democrat President Jed Bartlet, joined by Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Rob Lowe, and Joshua Malina. The show followed the story of President Bartlet and his political staff in the White House as they deal with the daily issues of running the United States.
Deadline, quotes WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt as he stated that, “We know people come to these platforms for different reasons. Acquisitions are a great driver; we are looking at acquiring shows and mining our library, there’s thousands of titles in those libraries.”
Many studies prove that people choose a streaming service over another mainly for its original content, but any streaming service needs both quantity and quality, original shows and classic shows, and also airing shows from other networks. The fact that Netflix is losing so many classic binge-worthy shows so quickly is worrisome. HBO Max is playing hard to be a significant rival to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. We’ll have to wait until Spring 2020 to see if it pays off.