This summer’s SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes might be officially over, but that doesn’t mean the spree of studios killing off series in connection to them has fully abated. Hence news from Deadline tonight, which reports that Netflix has axed five different shows in one fell swoop.
The cancellations were split between live-action and animation, with the former including the Kim Cattrall dramedy Glamorous, as well as fantasy adaptation Shadow And Bone. Meanwhile, the terminated cartoons were adult comedies Agent Elvis, Farzar, and Captain Fall. With the exception of Shadow And Bone, which released two seasons, all of the shows only got one season at the streamer. (In fact, Captain Fall, which starred Jason Ritter, and was created by Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen, didn’t even get that; the series only ever released 10 of its originally ordered 20-episode first-season.) The cancellations come as Netflix is swapping out regimes in its adult animation department.
As noted by Deadline, Netflix mostly resisted doing any cancellations during the strike itself, apparently having saved up a nice big backlog to work through once the labor action was over. That includes some shows with a few big names attached—Matthew McConaughey starred in Agent Elvis, for instance, which was co-created by Priscilla Presley. Farzar, meanwhile—a very odd science-fiction comedy—featured voice performances from the late Lance Reddick, and a starring part from Aqua Teen Hunger Force favorite Dana Snyder. In addition to Cattrell, Glamorous starred well-known YouTube star Miss Benny. Despite the name recognition, though, none of these shows exactly set the world on fire in terms of viewership.
The one outlier here, really, is Shadow And Bone, which launched with a ton of fanfare back in 2021. But its second season, released in March of 2023, went by as little more than a blip on the radar, presumably leading to it getting shuffled off the schedule as Netflix reassesses its post-strike content.