Ashton Kutcher is teaming up with some old friends for The Ranch, a new Netflix original comedy series. Jim Patterson and Don Reo, co-showrunners of Two and a Half Men, and Danny Masterson, a fellow alum from That ’70s Show, will all work with Kutcher on the multi-camera sitcom.
Reo and Patterson will serve as writers and executive producers, with Kutcher and Masterson producing. The duo will also star as two brothers running a family business together after one of the brothers (Kutcher) returns to their Colorado ranch following a short stint playing semi-pro football. It’ll only be Netflix’s second multi-camera comedy to go into production, with the first being the Full House spin-off, Fuller House.
According to Deadline, Netflix is likely to try out a new model for releasing episodes with The Ranch. The streaming service helped pioneer the all-at-once method, allowing allowing fans to binge-watch entire seasons. When the third season of Orange Is The New Black debuted in one fell swoop last week, for example, legions of devoted fans were undoubtedly glued to their couches for the entire 13 episode run. For The Ranch, the 20-episode first season is likely to be divided into two 10-episode batches. The streaming service hasn’t tried this with its dramas or comedies before, but it has previously released smaller groups of episodes for the kids’ animated series All Hail King Julien.
Kutcher and Masterson join the ever-growing group of actors signing on for a prominent Netflix project. Recently, the streaming service has picked up steam in adding to its already impressive content roster. In 2016, it’ll bring subscribers everything from the formerly cancelled Degrassi: Next Class to Brad Pitt’s latest movie, War Machine, The Ranch will also premiere in 2016.
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