Netflix's newest series, Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, is getting split in two for its first season. Polygon reports that the streaming network will release the first six episodes of the show on August 12th, while the remaining six episodes will air at some point in 2017. While the reason for the split is currently unclear, it's a departure from the company's typical method of releasing a full season all at once.
The Get Down is a musical drama set in 1970s South Bronx, and will feature "a lot of disco, a lot of clothes-on thrusting, a few guns, and frustration." Breaking Bad alum Giarcarlo Esposito and Jaden Smith are set to star alongside an ensemble of young actors to depict the period.
Final seasons of critically acclaimed shows are usually the ones that get broken in half
However, it's not really clear how the story lends itself to a split first season. While Netflix's new talk show Chelsea airs three nights a week, Netflix hasn't ever released a show in narrative chunks. What's more, it's usually the final seasons of critically acclaimed shows like Mad Men and The Sopranos that get broken in half these days. Whatever Netflix and Luhrmann have planned, it'll certainly be interesting.