As you may know, Netflix is rolling out a redesign to its web experience. I just got the update today, and was taking a look through it, when I noticed an odd category: “‘Watched by Roman Godfrey (Hemlock Grove)”.
Yes, Netflix is serving a genre based on a fictional character for a series it has already canceled. Nine months ago, the company announced that Hemlock Grove, its third major Netflix Original series after Lilyhammer and House of Cards, would return for one more season and be done.
Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for season 3. Does the appearance of this strange category mean Season 3 is nigh? Well, not necessarily. People have spotted it in the past. Here’s someone mentioning it on Twitter in November:
"Watched by Roman Godfrey(hemlock grove)" this is actually a category on Netflix omfg.
— ☯Tierney☯ (@McD_Tierney) November 17, 2014
Still, it’s odd that Netlix is showing me the category so prominently as it’s giving me the new design. I mean it’s between “Trending Now” and “Recently Added”. It’s pretty high up in Netflix’s list of prioritized categories for me. I’ve watched the show, but not since last summer when the second season was released.
It’s worth noting that Netflix has tens of thousand genre labels that it may serve at any given time.
The second season premiered in July of last year. If it were coming in July again, it would be odd if we haven’t heard anything by now.
Here’s an update from 14 weeks ago from Roman himself:
So what has Roman watched according to Netflix? The list goes: Vampire Diaries, My Sucky Teen Romance, Being Human, Almost Human, Ravenous, Twisted, Pyschopathia Sexualis, Bates Motel, I Killed My Mother, The Killer Inside Me, Dexter, and Cosmopolis. That actually sounds about right, though he should have been watching Hemlock Grove so maybe it wouldn’t have gotten canceled.
Netflix should be giving us a list of titles to appear in July pretty soon. We’ll see if there’s any Hemlock Grove in store.
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