“Cobra Kai” Series Looking For A New Streaming Home

The way better than it should be sequel series to the “Karate Kid,” “Cobra Kai” was massive hit amongst nostalgic fans and a new generation of fans when it ran for two seasons on YouTube Red. However, the series is now having to set up there dojo at a new streaming service.

Per Deadline:

YouTube’s flagship scripted series Cobra Kai will be moving to a new streaming platform for its upcoming third season. The Google-owned online video service is in the process of releasing Season 3 of the popular show to producing studio Sony Pictures TV amid a retreat from premium original scripted programming.

Sony TV had taken Cobra Kai out, with all major streamers expressing interest, sources said. I hear the field of suitors has been narrowed down, with Netflix and Hulu leading the short list of contenders for the Karate Kid sequel series, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.

The series has been a big ratings get for YouTube, however the service is switching from original scripted shows to unscripted shows aka “reality garbage.”

The strong interest in Cobra Kai by other streamers was fueled, at least in part, by the dearth of high-end scripted programming coming down the pike as the Hollywood production shutdown is well into its third month. A finished season of a popular title with built-in audience is considered a hot commodity in the current environment.

Season 2 picked up following the shocking cliffhanger featuring the return of John Kreese (Martin Kove). When a new rivalry between opposing dojos is born in the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Daniel (Macchio) realizes his next countermove is to open his own karate training school called Miyagi-Do, in honor of his mentor Mr. Miyagi.

Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Together, the trio conceived the new Karate Kid storyline that picks up decades after the original film.

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