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Netflix To Possibly Acquire ABC’s “The River”

    March 22, 2012
    Mike Fossum
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Netflix, who has been in talks with 20th Century FOX regarding taking over its recently cancelled dinosaur drama Terra Nova, might also have its eye on ABC’s The River, which also faces cancellation.

Reports state that Netflix has been in talks with ABC Studios about continuing to produce The River, an Amazonian found-footage/paranormal/action/horror series, for its streaming service. Still, it has been stressed that the conversations regarding the series are just exploratory, and a facet of a larger deal.

The Steven Spielberg-produced series never gained much ground while on ABC, achieving only a 1.4 18-49 rating in its Tuesday finale – but it’s the sort of show, a genre serial, that works well on streaming providers.

While The River has yet to be officially cancelled, this is a likely conclusion. And since ABC owns ABC Studios, which produces the series, it wouldn’t stand in the way with any potential deals with Netflix.