Netflix Cancels "Seven Seconds" After One Season
The drama starring Regina King has been nixed.
Less than two months after Netflix premiered the crime drama series, “Seven Seconds” has been canceled.
The series created and executive produced by The Killing show-runner Veena Sud explores race in America through a story surrounding the hit-and-run of a Black teenager by a white Jersey City cop and the crime’s cover-up by the police force.
“We loved working with Veena Sud, Regina King and the cast and crew of Seven Seconds. Together they created a compelling, timely and relevant crime drama. The first season is a complete, stand-alone story that we are proud to feature on Netflix for years to come,” vp of originals at Netflix Cindy Holland said in a statement Wednesday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix, like other streamers, does not release viewership information, but the series has a 77 percent rating among critics and an 84 percent score among those who watched it. Despite the cancellation, Netflix is still planning to submit the series for Emmy Award consideration in the limited series category.
Regina King starred as the mother of the boy who was killed, alongside Clare-Hope Ashitey as the prosecutor. In a February interview with Okayplayer, Ashitey spoke on the premise and purpose of the show.
“These things are not new and have been happening for a very long time,” she said. “But this is a very interesting moment in history with [the] scrutiny that we have. And to look at these kinds of issues and play these kinds of roles at this moment — and trying to play them in a way that is honest and not exploitative — is interesting to me and is important to me and hopefully will resonate with people and will contribute to a conversation that needs to be had.”
When asked whether she believed “Seven Seconds” could help broaden people’s perspective during this political time in America, the actress responded, “It’s a story that’s not being told from the point of view of the perpetrator or the victim or the prosecutor. There are so many players in any event that happens and all of them have a journey and a decision making process and [both] an ethical and political point of view.” She continued, “I hope exploring all those things can be something the [audience] finds interesting and a way into caring about this conversation. And I think it’s also much more interesting to look at an issue through the lenses of all of the players because only that way can you understand it.