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Netflix just pulled the plug on popular reality series in the middle of filming

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Netflix has halted production on one of its most popular reality series in the middle of filming its seventh season and there's no guarantee it will return. 

As reported by TV Insider, Netflix shut down the production of Nailed it! Halloween in the wake of union strikes. Crew are said to have walked off set last week in an effort to secure a contract with The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). The union group would have looked to secure an agreement with Magical Elves, the production company behind Nailed it!

A union source reportedly told Deadline that “They’d rather shut down than sign a union contract. They’re notoriously nonunion.”

Nailed it! is a reality baking series hosted by Nicole Byer in which amateur confectioners are challenged to create intricate cakes and desserts in an effort to win a cash prize. The show has been a big hit for Netflix with both critics and subscribers gobbling it up. To date, Nailed it! has run for six seasons, plus two holiday-themed seasons, and has been nominated for multiple Primetime Emmy Awards. 

All hope is not lost for the show’s many fans; before production was shut down, four episodes of Nailed it! Halloween had finished filming. Deadline reports that Netflix still plans to release these episodes later this year. 

However, the future of Nailed it! now seems more precarious than a multitiered cake. Netflix may look to revive the show at a later date, but this could cause serious backlash from industry workers. There is a possibility that the four episodes of Nailed it! Halloween will wrap the entire series. 

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The news that Netflix has stopped production on another original series is hardly shocking. After all, the streamer has thoroughly earned its reputation for being trigger happy when it comes to canning shows. Nailed it! Halloween is by no means the first Netflix original to bite the dust in 2022 — although it could return, of course. 

However, this situation is a little different. Typically, Netflix cancels shows that aren’t generating significant interest with subscribers, but Nailed it! was a bonafide hit. If it's true that a union dispute is behind the halting of filming, it’s a great shame that an agreement couldn't be reached, because now everybody loses — including viewers and crucially the show’s crew. 

However, we still rank Netflix as one of the best streaming services out there. Our current frustration with Netflix will likely melt away soon, as Bridgerton season 2 is just a few weeks away, and a return to Hawkins is on the horizon in Stranger Things season 4 this Spring. 

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Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.