Cobra Kai renewed for season three at YouTube
Just after the second season’s record-breaking premiere, YouTube has officially renewed their critically-acclaimed martial arts drama series Cobra Kai for a third season which is scheduled to premiere in 2020.
In addition, YouTube has announced that all of its upcoming original series and specials will be available for everyone around the world to watch and enjoy for free with ads. Cobra Kai‘s seasons 1 and 2 will start streaming for free beginning this fall.
“For today’s viewers, primetime is personal and our content resonates so strongly due to the diversity and richness of our unmatched library and platform capabilities,” YouTube’s Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl said at at YouTube’s annual Brandcast event. “While every other media company is building a paywall, we are headed in the opposite direction and now have more opportunities than ever to partner with advertisers and share our critically- acclaimed originals with our global audience.”
Kevin Hart’s unscripted comedy Kevin Hart: What the Fit has also been renewed for season 3 along with Impulse and Liza on Demand, whom are both given second season orders.
In Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka revisit their star-making roles from the iconic film franchise, The Karate Kid. The epic adversaries return to the dojo, thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. A down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The first season proved to be a strong success for the video service, with the first episode garnering over 50 million views within five months of airing and critics and audiences praising the series, awarding it the rare 100% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.