‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 by YouTube

Newfronts 2019: Kevin Hart’s “What the Fit” will also return for a third run

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YouTube has renewed “Karate Kid” sequel series “Cobra Kai” for a third season. The web and streaming platform has also handed a Season 3 renewal to Kevin Hart’s “What the Fit.”

Both “Cobra Kai” and “What the Fit” will premiere their new seasons in 2020.

YouTube is now offering two options for its upcoming original series like “Cobra Kai” and “What the Fit”: ad-free SVOD viewing and ad-supported free viewing.

From Aug. 29 to Sept. 11, 2019, YouTube plans to make Season 1 of “Cobra Kai” available to all users globally for free — you’ll just have to watch commercials. Season 2 gets the same treatment starting on Sept. 11, though those episodes will post weekly instead of all at once.

YouTube will share additional free ad-supported premiere dates for existing “Impulse” and “Liza on Demand” episodes at a later date.

As previously announced, scripted shows “Impulse” and “Liza on Demand” are currently in production and will return next year. A spokesman for YouTube told TheWrap that fellow series “Wayne,” “Weird City” and “Step Up” are still in contention for renewal.

Below are YouTube’s descriptions for all four of the returning series.

“Cobra Kai” (Season 3, Premiering Next Year)
On the heels of a record-setting premiere of season two, YouTube has ordered a third season of the critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite series, “Cobra Kai” starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. The scripted series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar, Blockers). Together, the trio conceived the new Karate Kid storyline that picks up decades after the original film. Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg will continue to showrun the series and direct the bulk of the episodes. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios. Susan Ekins, Macchio and Zabka are also Executive Producers.

“Kevin Hart: What The Fit” (Season 3, Premiering Next Year)
In the unscripted comedy “Kevin Hart: What The Fit,” Hart merges ridiculous workouts with hilarious special guest celebrity appearances. Past episodes have featured sumo wrestling with Conan O’Brien, a farm workout with Jennifer Garner and karate with Rebel Wilson. The first two seasons of What the Fit have driven over 275 million total views across all the episodes and related content to date. The series runs on Kevin’s LOL Network on YouTube. Executive Produced by Hart, Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky, Rebecca Shumsky Quinn, Mark Harris and Jeff Clanagan in association with Lionsgate.

“Impulse” (Season 2, Premiering Fall 2019)
Following more than 31 million views of the pilot, “Impulse” will return with new episodes this year. Maddie Hasson stars as Henrietta “Henry” Cole, a rebellious 16-year-old girl who has always felt different from her peers and longs to escape from her seemingly quaint small town. During a traumatic event, Henry discovers she has the extraordinary ability to teleport, and her newfound power confirms Henry’s conviction that she really was different from everybody else — but it now makes her the focus of those who want to control her. The series is produced by UCP (Universal Content Productions), Hypnotic, and showrunner Lauren LeFranc.

Watch the “Impulse” Season 2 teaser below.

“Liza on Demand” (Season 2, Premiering Fall 2019)
Following more than 22 million views of the pilot, “Liza On Demand” will return with new episodes later this year. The ten-episode, half-hour series follows the chaotic misadventures of Liza (Liza Koshy) and her roommates Oliver (Travis Coles) and Harlow (Kimiko Glenn) as Liza takes on various tasks and odd jobs while trying to get ahead in the gig economy. Featuring a young diverse cast, season one took satirical stabs at topics like gender bias and  romantic tropes. Season two promises even more laughs and misadventures as Liza takes on a brand new set of challenges.

The series is produced by Above Average, a digital-first entertainment company founded in 2012 by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Liza Koshy, Deborah Kaplan (Can’t Hardly Wait) and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie & The Pussycats and Mary + Jane) and Courtney Carter will serve as executive producers on the series, with Sam Childs serving as producer.