“Shadow and Bone” and “Glamorous,” along with adult animated series “Agent Elvis,” “Farzaar,” and “Captain Fall” will not be returning for new seasons at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
The announcement comes as Hollywood streamers and broadcasters continue to assess the impact left by the work stoppages due to the months-long WGA and SAG-Aftra strikes. Sources say Netflix’s decision to cancel stemmed from various reasons including performance and impact from the strike — as the industry evaluates production schedules, scheduling shifts, etc.
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As Netflix has said about previous cancellations, the streamer continues to look at viewing versus cost as it evaluates shows. In the case of series like “Agent Elvis,” “Glamorous,” “Farzaar,” and “Captain Fall,” each show only ran for one season before its cancellation. While “Shadow and Bone” received a cancellation after running its second season, which arrived on the streamer in March.
Based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo’s, Netflix’s adaptation follows Alina Sarkoff as she struggles with her sudden transition from an orphan into the savior of Ravka. It’s worth noting that Netflix still decided to cancel the series despite the show drawing a sizable audience and sparked a video game franchise.
The fantasy series’ sophomore season, however, failed to pick up the same steam as Season 1 and spent five weeks on the Netflix’s Top 10 English-Language TV chart without reaching No. 1.
On the animated side, “Captain Fall” was originally picked up for 20 episodes, to air in two parts in its first season. Netflix dropped the cartoon after Part 1 failed to deliver the large audience needed to push the series forward.
Despite cancellations for other popular animated series like “Disenchantment,” “Inside Job,” “Q Force,” and “Big Mouth” (which is ending with Season 8, scheduled for sometime in 2024), Netflix continues to invest in adult animation with former HBO Max executive Billy Wee as director of animation.
On the other hand, this year, Netflix has ordered renewals for “One Piece,” “Ginny & Georgia,” “Outer Banks,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “XO, Kitty,” “Heartstopper,” “The Night Agent,” “The Diplomat,” “FUBAR,” “Sweet Magnolias,” and “Castlevania: Nocturne.”
Deadline was the first to report this news.
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