A spin-off of an Australian show called "H2O: Just Add Water," the teens-as-mermaids series is the latest in Netflix's inaugural year of original programs, preceded by Emmy-nominated fare that is already shaking up older legacy networks. The Netflix lineup includes fare like the political drama
It's a safe bet that critics won't go quite as wild for "Mermaids," given that its technical achievements look fairly budget-constrained and the scripts seem to depend heavily on fish jokes.
But none of that may matter if the show connects with its target audience. If teens watch on their laptops or tablets, that could mean big trouble for everyone from CW to
For now, rivals will just have to guess how popular "Mermaids" will be. Netflix has refused to release any audience data and isn't measured by Nielsen. During a
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