Reports have been surfacing of the cancelation of one of Netflix’s favorite sitcoms. Will The Ranch be ending after its fourth season? Let’s take a look and see what’s going on.
Before we get into whether or not the show has been canceled, let’s provide a bit of context and history for the show. The first part of The Ranch dropped back in April 2016 with new 10-episode parts then releasing roughly every six months afterwards up until this point.
Although the show received criticism from critics, it quickly gained a wide audience that tunes in regularly to every part. Part 6 was the most recent episode, which was released in December. The Ranch's part 7 is expected to be out in 2019
Season 4 will consist of parts 7 and 8. It will again contain 10 episodes. All of these episodes will be available throughout 2019.
Now let’s get onto the more pressing matter as to whether or not the show has been canceled.
The show's production is continuing as normal. In 2019, the 20th episode will be released. Beyond that, the show is pending but that shouldn’t be alarming. Netflix often doesn’t renew or cancel its show until a while after it airs new seasons to gauge whether or not it makes sense to continue.
Rumours have been circulating about the show's main star, Sam Elliot. The savvy fans over at NetflixLife noticed this.
The interview was mainly about Sam Elliot’s recent Oscar nomination but The Ranch was mentioned later on. Here’s what was said: “Tomlin then encouraged him to join her Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” for a few episodes, playing the love interest of Jane Fonda. He soon became a regular on another Netflix series, “The Ranch,” which is shooting its fourth and final season.”
Of course, the key thing here is that it’s shooting its “final season”. Sam Elliot stated in a subsequent interview:
“I committed to doing The Ranch for five years. We’re finishing up our fourth season, supposedly, that’s the end of it, but if they choose to go again, I’ll go again. By the end of five years it would be a hundred episodes. It’s going to be 80 by the end of this year.”
This could suggest that Sam Elliott just isn’t aware that The Ranch could be renewed for season 5 going forward but definitely sounds more optimistic than what was written in Variety.
The show's recent changes have been significant. Recently, writers were forced to remove Rooster from the show. There were calls for a boycott of the show because of Danny Masterson’s removal from the show after allegations of sexual assault.
Reviews by fans for the show have remained steady despite the changes but without viewer metrics, we can’t assess how well the show is performing otherwise.
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