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Netflix’s BoJack Horseman just might make it to cable TV

Just what he’s always wanted

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Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Debmar-Mercury, a television syndication company and subsidiary of Lionsgate, announced today that it was offering BoJack Horseman reruns to basic cable networks on behalf of the show’s production company, the Tornante Company. That makes the critically lauded, dark, animated comedy one of the few Netflix original series to garner that kind of attention from the old guard of television distribution.

“I’m very proud of BoJack Horseman,” Tornante founder Michael Eisner said in a statement, “Who knew a washed up sitcom star, who happens to be a horse, would drive the best reviews of any television show or movie in which I have been involved in my career?”

The move makes BoJack a rare Netflix original series whose syndication rights are actually available to be licensed, and not simply owned outright by Netflix. The series’ first season premiered in 2014, barely a year after Orange is the New Black and House of Cards were first proving that high-budget original content could work on Netflix.

Polygon has reached out to Netflix for comment.

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