Netflix eliminated several original series as it evaluates its slate following the end of two industry strikes. The streaming platform canceled its dramas Shadow and Bone and Glamorousalong with a trio of adult animated series: Agent Elvis, Captain Fall and Farzar. Shadow and Bone ends after two seasons, while the other four are finished.
Cancellations occur while Netflix, along with other outlets, considers what it has in its pipeline and how potentially lengthy layoffs between seasons of its series could affect performance. Production on several series will restart in the weeks following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike (and the writers have been working since late September, following the end of their labor dispute), but it’s unlikely that any of the five canceled programs to recover.
What the series canceled by Netflix are about
Shadow and Bone It is based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo. After a strong debut for its first season in 2021, the fantasy series got a relatively quick renewal. The second season debuted in March and didn’t show much growth (at least in the United States), based on its time in Nielsen’s streaming rankings. It finished in the top 10 original series for four weeks after its premiere, compared to five weeks for the first season (although viewing time was about the same). Netflix also quietly nixed a potential spinoff over a year ago, although it did release a mobile game between the series’ two seasons.
Glamorous began life as a pilot for The CW, which Netflix picked up three years after the streaming network’s demise. The series about a gender non-conforming man (Miss Benny) who is going to work for a cosmetics magnate (Kim Cattrall) premiered in June and didn’t make much of an impact in terms of viewing; It spent two weeks on Netflix’s internal list of the top 10 English-language series and just one on Nielsen’s rankings.
Agent Elviswith Matthew McConaughey as the voice of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, had the highest profile of the three animated shows, although like Captain Fall (released in July) and Farzar (as of July 2022), failed to enter the top 10 of Netflix.
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