Update: At least one Netflix show is safe from cancelation, with Black Mirror reportedly getting a sixth season
Netflix's budget tightening just canceled another animated series before it could air, but the big red streaming machine is not alone. The CW also just brought down the axe of cancelation, nixing a beloved DC show whose fans are saying they better not blame ratings.
So, which fandoms should feel upset? The story starts with Boons & Curses, not to be confused with Bone — the animated series Netflix canceled last month — which was announced to be shut down on April 29. The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) broke the story in a post that also included the note that Netflix was canceling Dino Daycare, also a kids-targeted show.
Both, series according to sources, were canceled because of creative impasses. Dino Daycare was supposed to be about a nursery for dinosaurs who were taken care of by a 6-year-old boy, while Boons and Curses was supposed to focus on a young warrior in South Asia who was cursed to be made of butter. Netflix promoted it as part of a series of projects with Asian American creators and leads.
Meanwhile in DC-world, Variety (opens in new tab) reported that The CW had canceled DC’s Legends of Tomorrow after its seventh season. Showrunner Keto Shimizu (opens in new tab) actually broke the news, tweeting that "the CW has let us know that there will be no season 8." She continued, stating "We are heartbroken, but also immensely grateful for the amazing work our cast, crew, and writers have contributed to the little show that could." The series lived in the Arrowverse, and used characters from both Arrow and The Flash.
Analysis: What's going on here?
Netflix's decision to cancel Boons and Curses and Dino Daycare may be tied to the service wanting to focus on shows that are tied to more well-known characters. Or at least that's what it looks like, as a Netflix press email sent out just now teased new and returning shows including Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, Boss Baby and Sonic Prime. The list includes some other titles that aren't as well known, such as the interactive special We Lost Our Human (featuring Ben Schwartz & Ayo Edebiri) Daniel Spellbound and My Dad the Bounty Hunter.
That said, the crew and people who were eager to see Boons and Curses are upset. Accounts belonging to crew members (opens in new tab) have been seen on Twitter (opens in new tab) voicing their disappointment. Marcy Molly "Bones" Jones, a storyboard artist at Netflix tweeted a whole thread of thoughts, with statements including "Netflix doesn't know what they're doing," as well as Netflix's internal explanation. Jones (opens in new tab) said "They told us their main reason for cancellation was trouble they were having deciding if it belonged in an "action" slate or a "comedy" slate. I'm sure you can decide on the validity of that yourself."
Meanwhile, big red is committed to one of its most popular and critically reviled movie series, as Netflix's #1 movie has a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score — and another sequel is expected.
One Netflix subscriber even said they canceled Netflix in response to Boons and Curses' cancelation:
firing the Boons and Curses crew on a Friday mere hours before a ship party and days from AAPI month is cruel, heartless and unforgivable.cancelling these highly anticipated original animated projects you promised us is insulting. I've cancelled my @Netflix subscription👋 https://t.co/VkQydjeV6P pic.twitter.com/RozQucEMEmApril 30, 2022
As for Legends of Tomorrow? It's unclear what happened here — Variety's story has no explanation for why the series was canceled. A report at Screen Rant (opens in new tab) speculates that cost-cutting is happening at The CW as its parent companies WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS prepare for a sale.
Twitter user @failwolf1 pointed to ratings for The CW's current scripted shows to show that LoT was doing better than some of the network's other shows, sitting squarely in the middle of the pack when it comes to the prized 18 to 49 year old demographic — and the only show with a year over year improvement.
How was #Batwoman and #LegendsOfTomorrow cancelled but Riverdale was renewed?They better not say it was ratings… pic.twitter.com/FfUdFehuiVApril 30, 2022
Is Legends of Tomorrow that much more expensive than Riverdale? Is something else going on here? We're keeping our eyes open to see if any logical conclusion shows up.
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