Netflix Cancels 'The Get Down' After Only One Season
After only one season, Netflix has decided to cancel the hip-hop musical The Get Down. This development, which Deadline reported first, comes only a month after the second part of Season 1 was released.
After the news broke, Baz Luhrmann, The Get Down‘s creator and executive producer, addressed the cancellation of the show on his Facebook page:
In his lengthy, heartfelt message, Luhrmann mentioned the fact that he would not be able to work on the show full time for season two, and this was something that Netflix couldn’t get past.
Here’s how Luhrmann put it:
“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. 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… But the simple truth is, I make movies.”
It should also be noted that the show wasn’t doing great. The second half of season one debuted last month and drew only 3.2 million viewers, according to Pitchfork. It doesn’t help that season one was Netflix’ most expensive television show, costing $120 million to make.
The show was good while it lasted. Let’s pour one out for Zeke, Shaolin Fantastic, and Mylene.