5:22pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Netflix Orders 'Best Worst Weekend Ever' Comedy Series (Exclusive)
Netflix is looking to explore the time between middle and high school.
The streaming giant has handed out a straight-to-series order for a comedy titled Best Worst Weekend Ever.
Created and executive produced by Robin Stein (Step by Step) and frequent collaborator Dan Franklin, the eight-episode limited series follows four friends as they make the most of their last weekend before high school. A comic convention has come to their town, and they will do whatever it takes to be part of the magic. But after a wild party, a lost dog and a destroyed house, their friendship is put to the test.
Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up, The Wedding Ringer) will serve as showrunner and exec produce alongside Dan Cross and Dave Hoge (The Thundermans, Pair of Kings). MarVista Entertainment's Fernando Szew, Robyn Snyder and Michael McGahey will exec produce.
Best Worst Weekend Ever marks the latest youth-skewing series to score a Netflix green light as the streaming giant continues to compete in the space alongside such networks as MTV and Freeform, among others.
The pickup for Best Worst Weekend Ever caps a busy week for Netflix, which canceled Naomi Watts drama Gypsy after one season; renewed Jenji Kohan's GLOW for a second; ordered a drama from the creators of Fauda; picked up a talk show hosted by David Letterman; and acquired comic book publisher Millarworld.
Garelick is repped by UTA.