Did something new happen with Netflix?
I can tell you that Netflix is 100% out.
That said, we have known from the start due to whispers from production that Hulu was the better option and Netflix was a longer shot. People didn’t want to listen then, and I understand they still don’t want to listen now, but please consider this:
(1) Hulu has had recent positive business dealings with DC: https://www.hulu.com/press/posts/hulu-doubles-down-on-kids-programming-through-multi-network-svod-licensing-agreement-with-the-disney-abc-television-group. As well as Walt Disney Studios (although that subsidiary is separate from Disney Channel): https://www.hulu.com/press/posts/hulu-expands-offering-of-family-favorites-and-blockbuster-movies-in-first-licensing-agreement-for-theatrical-features-with-the-walt-disney-studios
(2) Hulu is trying to push/acquire/originate more kids & family programming: http://www.adweek.com/news/television/hulu-makes-big-kids-programming-push-new-disney-channel-deal-172048
(3) Netflix already has two popular family comedy originals in their line-up. Hulu has none: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_original_programs_distributed_by_Hulu
(4) Hulu wants to be more competitive in terms of award nominations: http://deadline.com/2014/03/warner-horizons-craig-erwich-joins-hulu-as-head-of-content-707168/
(5) Hulu originals can have longer seasons (closer to the standard 20ish) and they release weekly, which GMW production might prefer because the executive producers are old school, and a standard-length season is likely the framework around which they originally planned S4.
The list of reasons why Girl Meets World is kind of a perfect fit for Hulu goes on and on and on, one particular little bonus being that if you go look at who Hulu Head of Originals Beatrice Springborn follows on Twitter, it’s pretty clear that she is not going to have annnnny kind of a problem with Rowan’s politics.
Most everybody’s knee-jerk reaction (including mine) the night of cancellation was to think of Netflix first. And I get it. Netflix is Superman. They’re huge. But the reality is that Netflix is out, and Hulu is, in many ways, a better fit.
I understand that if Hulu rescues the show, we will still have the issue of people not having paid access to Girl Meets World. I empathize with that. But that issue is going to persist in some form or another no matter where the show potentially goes. Luckily, it’s 2017 and there is always a way to watch a TV show as long as said TV show continues to exist. Also? I have no doubt that Hulu wants to expand more in terms of international service eventually. Again, I empathize with and understand that there are people who truly cannot afford or simply just plain don’t have a regional access to Hulu. But the Hulu door is still open. The Netflix one isn’t.
Like I said the other day, sometimes Green Lantern or Martian Manhunter shows up when Superman doesn’t.