‘Stranger Things’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix

Netflix has made it official, giving a third-season order to its hottest show Stranger Things

The streaming giant has renewed the Duffer brothers’ breakout hit Stranger Things for a third season. A return date has not yet been determined for the supernatural drama about the happenings brimming beneath the surface of a small American town.

Stranger Things 2 also was crowned the most popular show in the country, according to data company Parrot Analytics.

Created by the Duffer Brothers, the 1980s nostalgia-filled horror series was an instant breakout when it debuted last year, quickly becoming a pop culture phenomenon and overnight turning Millie Bobby Brown into a star. Underscoring the show’s mega-hit status, Netflix bought time during the most watched broadcast on television, this year’s Super Bowl, to unveil the first Season 2 trailer.

Season 2 launched with a bang last month. While Netflix does not reveal viewership information, according to Nielsen, the first episode drew an eye-popping 15.8 million U.S. viewers in the first three days of release, with all nine new episodes averaging 4 million viewers over the three-day period.

While Netflix — like fellow streamers Amazon and Hulu — does not release viewership information Stranger Things ranks as the service’s biggest franchise. The series, which collected 18 Emmy nominations (taking home five) is pulling Netflix into a new business with a series of licensing deals for clothing, posters, toys and collectibles. Given the breakout success of the show (which is owned in-house) and lucrative licensing deals, the show’s child stars are said to be banding together to renegotiate their contracts for upcoming seasons.

In September, sources told THR that stars Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin each got $30,000 per episode for the first and second seasons with a bonus — less than six figures — once it became clear that the show was a phenomenon. While the cast is signed for six years, talent reps say a renegotiation will happen in early 2018. One question yet to be addressed: whether the show’s breakout, 13-year-old Brown will negotiate separately from the other young stars.

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