Are you heartbroken about your favourite TV series or film franchise ending? Keep your quivering chin up. These days, it's likely you'll see your beloved characters embarking on new adventures - but on a digital service.
Last year, Netflix followed its revival of cult sitcom Arrested Development with the announcement that it was going to give brooding crime series The Killing a proper final season. And in the past week or two, we've witnessed digital resurrections aplenty.
This seems to be the way things are going - if a studio can't continue a story on conventional platforms, it'll turn to the web. Here are some recent revivals:
TRAILER PARK BOYS:
It's time for another toke. If you're a Trailer Park Boys fan, you've got a whole lot of Sunnyvale Trailer Park content coming your way. Netflix recently picked up two new seasons of the show - with Season 8 hitting the service before the end of 2014 - and three standalone specials. This Netflix deal stems from the fact that the show's three stars, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Mike Smith, purchased the rights to the series last summer.
After a stellar first season, the storylines on this NBC series deteriorated in less-than-heroic subsequent seasons, before the show got cancelled in 2010. Now, we'll be seeing a new story arc, presumably with new characters, hitting television next year. But before that, NBC says that a digital series will introduce the new plot and characters. Since the original show was one of the first adopters of multiplatform storytelling, it makes sense that they'd flesh things out online again.
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS:
Netflix recently extended the Clone Wars storyline by 13 episodes when they picked up Season 6, entitled The Lost Missions. Aside from a new story arc that will please Yoda fans, this move is significant because it's the first time Netflix has streamed Star Wars content.
This week, Kristen Bell returns to the character that made her famous, as the Veronica Mars movie simultaneously hits theatres and iTunes on Friday. After the show's cancellation from The CW in 2007, fans played a huge role in bringing their beloved blonde detective back to life with an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign.
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN:
This TV retelling of the cult 1996 crime-vampire movie hits Netflix this week, with one important caveat - you won't be able to binge it right away. The service plans to release one new episode a week, like a traditional show. Robert Rodriguez, who directed the original movie, returns to helm four of the show's 10 episodes. While Quentin Tarantino won't be reprising his role as Richie Gecko, the tasty fast food chain from Pulp Fiction (Big Kahuna Burger) reportedly makes an appearance.