YouTube relinquishes Atlanta-produced ‘Cobra Kai', which may end up on Hulu or Netflix

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YouTube relinquishes Atlanta-produced ‘Cobra Kai', which may end up on Hulu or Netflix

YouTube's Cobra Kai followed a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) 34 years after The Karate Kid as he sought redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, which reignited his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). While I certainly wasn't expecting much out of Cobra Kai, it came as quite the surprise when the series revealed itself to be incredibly fun. It also wound up being critically-acclaimed, even scoring 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, which made it a no-brainer for YouTube to bring the series back for a second and third season, but the third season isn't out as yet. 

Based on when the last two seasons of Cobra Kai were released, there should have been the release of the third season by now, and according to Deadline, it seems that the reason for the delay has to do with the series moving to a new streaming platform. The outlet states that YouTube is in the process of releasing the third season to Sony Pictures TV, who are shopping the series to other streamers, with Netflix and Hulu at the top of the short-list of potential homes. The streaming service which does win Cobra Kai will also have access to the first two seasons of the series on a non-exclusive basis. As for why YouTube is letting one of its most-watched series go, the company has begun to move away from original scripted programming in recent years, and while they were eager to debut the third season, they told their partners at Sony Pictures TV that they wouldn't be renewing it for the fourth season, which led to Sony asking permission to shop the series around in order to guarantee its future.

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