What happens to under-funded TV shows? Even if a program develops a cult following, it doesn't mean it'll stay on the air. Sometimes, all of the fan support in the world cannot make a difference for fledgling shows. Apparently, Netflix can.
Netflix is undoubtedly the world's streaming-content darling, and the company's presence can be found in more and more American homes as multiple generations take the plunge and cut the cable cord. Due to Netflix's embedded economy of streaming, and the widespread habit of binge-watching, shows like cult-favorite Arrested Development and freshly-renewed The Killing can survive, or be revived—despite having no apparent place in cable programming.
Recently, Fox brokered an exclusive deal with the streaming giant to keep The Killing on the air (and off the titular floor), promising to air an entire season once the show has run its course on AMC. Netflix also revived Arrested Development from a cancellation hiatus lasting over half a decade; a fourth season of the show is now exclusive to Netflix subscribers.
While the decision to "save" a show can be a risky one to make, they're vastly well-received by fans, who then become Netflix subscribers (if they aren't already). With the provision of an exhaustive catalogue of movies and shows for about 25 cents a day—with Super HD high-bandwidth content that's well beyond cable's 720p—the next few years could see this streaming superstar pacing ahead of cable providers and into the homes of most Americans.
Personally, I'm one of many hoping Futurama gets a heal before the next round.