Netflix has cancelled Girlboss after just one season. And that’s the third show Netflix has cancelled in the space of a month, with both The Get Down and Sense8 also biting the dust. Unfortunately, this trend looks set to continue, with Netflix ruthlessly canning any show that doesn’t find an audience.
The world of television is changing, with streaming TV services forcing the medium to evolve. However, some things look set to stay the same. Such as networks cancelling shows on a whim, without any notice, and before they’ve had a chance to find viewers and build a following. For proof, see Netflix.
Cancelled, Cancelled, and Thrice Cancelled
Earlier this month Netflix cancelled The Get Down and Sense8. The former was a big-budget show dramatically documenting the rise of hip-hop, while the latter was a science fiction drama from the same people who made The Matrix. Now, Netflix has cancelled Girlboss after just one season.
These three shows were all Netflix Originals, commissioned by and produced for streaming service. And yet they have all been culled after just one or two seasons. Netflix doesn’t reveal viewing figures, but it has to be assumed these shows failed to live up to expectations.
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’ Chief Content Officer. recently told Variety, “Relative to what you spent, are people watching it?… A big expensive show for a huge audience is great. A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long.”
And that’s the point. When it really comes down to it Netflix is now just like any other television network. And the bottom line is always that if not enough people are watching a show that show can and will disappear. It’s an unpalatable truth, but a truth nonetheless.
Netflix built up some goodwill by saving shows traditional TV couldn’t find room for. Shows such as Arrested Development and Trailer Park Boys. However, it’s now just as likely to break the hearts of people who have invested time and energy into a show as any other television network.
It Takes Time to Find an Audience
Whether you liked or disliked the three shows Netflix has cancelled is immaterial. The important thing is Netflix has cancelled them so early in their run. Seinfeld and Family Guy both famously took several seasons to find an audience. Sadly, it looks as though most Netflix Originals won’t be afforded the same opportunity to find their feet before they’re cancelled.
Do you pay for Netflix? Have you appreciated the switch to original content? Or would you prefer a bigger catalog? Did you watch The Get Down, Sense8, and/or Girlboss? If so, how do you feel about Netflix cancelling them? Please let us know in the comments below!
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