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In 2017 Netflix’s original content will go off script

Netflix has announced it is adding 20 unscripted TV shows to its original content repertoire in 2017.

The move into reality TV comes as part of the company’s plans to double its annual homemade programming content to a ‘conservative’ estimate of 1,000 hours.

Among the ’unscripted’ shows already announced are the Ultimate Beastmaster, which is produced by Sylvester Stallone.

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“Unscripted television is a very interesting business,” chief content officer Ted Sarandos said at a media conference in New York (via Variety).

The focus is likely to be on programming that will appeal across national borders. For example the Ultimate Beastmaster show will include athletes from six different countries.

“When ‘Beastmaster’ hits in Korea, they’ll never have seen anything like it,” Sarandos confidently added.

Just because Netflix is seeking to add a number of reality TV shows to the line-up doesn’t mean it’ll lose sight of drama in 2017.

With Stranger Things season 2 now in production, the streaming giant is now moving into merchandising arguably its biggest hit.

Sarandos said Netflix is exploring licensed products because of the “huge demand for people who want a T-shirt with Eleven on it,”

Shut up and take our money for action figures, Ted.

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