'The Get Down Has Not Been Canceled,' Producer Nelson George Says
A rumor of Netflix canceling The Get Down is circulating the Net, but supervising producer Nelson George said the reports are false.
“Yo The Get Down has not been cancelled,” George posted on his Facebook page, after confirming the statement to Okayplayer. “Please don’t forward that silly report. Our status will be determined next year. Part two comes this spring.”
The report George is referring to is by the site MovieNewsGuide. The story itself only cites speculation, while a misleading headline says that the show has been canceled.
This is the second rumor to circulate about The Get Down. Last weekend, a link made its rounds on the web about an open casting call for the next season of the show. George also squashed those rumors, explaining that the link was actually an old casting call for the first season that was just spread around again.
The Get Down is a fictionalized tale that tells the story of a young poet, an aspiring singer, and a graffiti writer-turned-DJ chasing their dreams to become a part of the bubbling new culture that would change so many lives. The show stars Justice Smith, Shameik Moore (known for his starring role in Dope), and Herizen F. Guardiola, with actors also portraying Grandmaster Flash and DJ Kool Herc.
While George said the show is returning for a second season, the show’s reception was still mixed. Netflix hasn’t announced official viewership numbers, but Variety cites data from third party metrics that indicate “tepid reception” compared to other Netflix originals. The show also received a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to ratings of 95% and 96% for Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black. Primarily positive reviews, but expectations for the show were high since The Get Down was reported to the most expensive Netflix original series to date, with costs of $120 million.
The first season of The Get Down is still available to stream on Netflix.