VERY exciting news today! H2O fans have been waiting to hear word of when the series spin-off Mako Mermaids would be premiering on television. For H2O: Just Add Water, the show was first released in Australia and then shown in the U.S. and other countries at a later (sometimes much later) date. However, this will not be the case for Mako Mermaids as Netflix has announced today that the show's first 13 episodes will be released for instant video on July 26th!
Here's the press release from PRNewsWire:
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), today announced "Mako Mermaids," a new adventure from the creators of global hit teen series "H2O - Just Add Water" is splashing down on July 26 exclusively on Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV Network.
"Mako Mermaids" revisits an enchanting world of magic and adventure introduced in "H2O – Just Add Water," a long-running Australian series from Jonathan M. Shiff Productions that has captured the imagination of young audiences in over 120 countries and has become a huge favorite of Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland and the Nordics.
"We are thrilled to be the exclusive home of 'Mako Mermaids' in all Netflix territories," said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos. "'H2O' hit an amazing chord with teens around the world who love the clever mixture of action, comedy and romance that Jonathan Shiff and his talented team have created."
"Netflix is the perfect home for 'Mako Mermaids'," said Shiff who produced the 26 episode series in association with Screen Australia, Network Ten, ZDF Enterprises and Screen Queensland. "Our fans love to watch the show how and when they want and they often return again and again to enjoy their favorite episodes."
"'Mako Mermaids' will delight the hundreds of millions of fans around the world who have fallen in love with the world created in 'H2O' and we are really pleased to make the series available on such an innovative platform as Netflix," said Fred Burcksen, Executive VP and COO of ZDF Enterprises, who are in charge of international sales of the series and brokered the deal.
Following on where "H2O – Just Add Water" left off, mischievous teen mermaids Lyla, Nixie and Sirena, guardians of Mako Island, fail to stop 16 year old boy Zac from falling into the sacred Moon Pool and becoming a Merman. Risk being cast out forever, the mermaids must get legs, venture onto land and take back Zac's new powers.
The first thirteen episodes of "Mako Mermaids" will launch in all Netflix territories on July 26 while the thrilling second half of the season will arrive in September.
Unfortunately, I think this probably means that Shiff Productions was not able to find a television distributor (except perhaps in Australia) and that there will most likely be no second season, but we'll see how things go from here.
I might be posting a few re-cap and reaction posts once the series hits Netflix! Are you excited to finally be seeing the show? Source
-The Mermaid Guru