YouTube is currently shopping for a new streaming service to take over “Cobra Kai” with the third season of the show already finished filming…
The “Karate Kid” spinoff series “Cobra Kai” will have a new streaming home for season 3 and beyond.
Originally produced for YouTube, the Google owned service has since moved away from scripted programming, which left “Cobra Kai” without a home for their upcoming third season. Now YouTube is shopping for a new buyer to take over “Cobra Kai” with Deadline reporting that the two finalists are Netflix and Hulu.
“Cobra Kai” was a breakout hit for YouTube when it first debuted as the series received huge viewership numbers for both season 1 and season 2. The series features returning “Karate Kid” stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in lead roles along with a younger cast of characters as well.
Sony TV produces “Cobra Kai” and the studio asked YouTube to not only find them a new home to stream the upcoming third season but also a service that would be willing to produce additional seasons of the series. While a deal hasn’t been struck just yet, YouTube is reportedly finalizing negotiations so “Cobra Kai” can move onto a new platform.
Part of the interest in “Cobra Kai” right now is not only the popularity the series has maintained over the first two seasons but also a fully produced third season is ready to debut at a time when original programming has almost completely stopped in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Network TV, cable and streaming services are all scrambling for original content and “Cobra Kai” has the benefit of a built in audience and a season that’s ready to air immediately.
While it appears to be a two-man race between Netflix and Hulu, no deal has been finalized but it appears “Cobra Kai” will find a new home sooner rather than later as the show moves off YouTube for season 3.