This is really getting out of hand at this point, Netflix needs to stop making original shows because we are sick and tired of getting invested in the first season of a show only for it to be canceled after a cliffhanger. I Am Not Okay With This is recent in a long line of shows being canceled by Netflix, and all of this original nonsense is getting out of control.
So Netflix comes in every month with 4-5 original shows and promotes it like hell, we get invested, spend time watching them and a month later, like a fart in the wind, they are gone. Messiah, Spinning Out, October Faction, Medical Police, Anne With An E, White Lines, are just some names Netflix has dumped in the last few months.
I Am Not Okay With This season 2 was picked up quietly for a second season with even the writer's room submitting scripts and the production set to go on the floor. But Netflix cited COVID-19 as the reason for the shut down of I Am Not Okay With This. They also dumped another show, The Society, after renewing the series for a sophomore season last year.
Why Did Netflix Cancel I Am Not Okay With This?
Most of the time, Netflix does not give any reason for its decision to shut down a show after a single season. But I Am Not Okay With This was a beloved show with over 34,000 reviews on IMDb based on a single season. They knew there was going to be outrage from fans, so they gave a statement clarifying their reason.
According to Netflix, through Deadline, "We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society, and I Am Not Okay With This. We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID." They went on to thank the creators of the two shows, as well as the cast and crew.
It was a simple decision to shift production dates, ballooning costs, and maintaining a large cast and crew during the pandemic for Netflix. It is kind of understandable. There have been difficulties in jump-starting the production schedules again, but there is also a deeper problem within Netflix, short-shafting its subscribers.
The Deeper Problem with Netflix Shows and Their Premature Cancelations
Back when Netflix was finding its footing, it was holding on to each and every show. Remember when the House of Cards was the biggest show in the world, and people were blowing off work when Netflix released the show early. That was the time when Netflix was trying their hand in original productions and holding on to their infant library.
Orange Is the New Black was another show which was a juggernaut. But now, as I think of those shows, had they been released in 2020 or even 2019, they probably would have been axed after the first season. After 2016-2017 Netflix started to be more ruthless with its shows.
There were more cancelations and fewer sophomore pickups, rather waiting for new originals then producing second seasons. Here I will need to explain how Netflix model works since you do not pay for each show on the streaming platform instead of a subscription fee. Netflix needs to generate more hype from each and every new original show.
This way, they get new subscribers and persuade old ones to come back to the platform. When the whole world is talking about a single show, people have an inherent fear of missing out, so Netflix works on that fear. But an original show is only shiny during their first outing, most of the time.
New shows generate a lot of hype during their first outing when friends tell each other to watch it. Some of the luster and shine is lost in the second season. Those who are already fans are watching the second season, but it is not doing much in terms of driving new streamers to the platform.
This is the main reason why most shows on Netflix do not make it to their sophomore outing. I Am Not Okay With This was a supernatural show with retro looks and established actors, next season was only going to be bigger and more CGI heavy, so Netflix found a better way just to nip the whole thing in the bud.
The Society is also the same thing; personally, I was not too fond of that show, but it was something. Netflix canceled that show also after picking it up for a second season because the cast was massive for The Society. It is all about making money and driving in more subscribers, but with more and more platforms out there, it is pretty interesting to see how long this model helps Netflix.
But to end it all, I loved Sophia Lillis' new show. Just for her marvelous performance, I am not okay with I Am Not Okay With This season 2 being canceled on Netflix.
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