Netflix has canceled the musical drama, The Get Down, after one season and 11 episodes.
The Hollywood Reporter writes it’s the first time that Netflix has canceled an original show after just one season. The streaming service did not offer an explanation as to why the show will not get a season two. (The final five episodes were added to Netflix’s lineup last month.)
But Baz Luhrmann, the co-creator of The Get Down, blamed his previous commitment to a film project as the cause for the decision.
“When I was asked to come to the center of The Get Down to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years,” the filmmaker wrote on Facebook. “This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show. It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that The Get Down also suffered from production delays and cost overruns while Variety hints that the show was watched by far fewer viewers than most Netflix originals. (Netflix does not release viewing numbers.)
The show, which chronicled the rise of hip-hop in the late 1970s in New York, starred an ensemble young cast including Justice Smith and Shameik Moore. RottenTomatoes.com gave the The Get Down a score of 72 percent, meaning 45 of 62 reviewers in its survey said they liked it.
— Phillip Swann