We’re less than two weeks into 2023, but Netflix’s cancellation tour shows no signs of slowing down.
Just days after news broke that Netflix had canceled the supernatural horror show 1899 after one season, the streaming giant has brought two other popular series to their knees.
Inside Job, an adult animated sci-fi comedy series, is the second victim of Netflix’s brutal cancellation session in 2023. The Netflix original show was indeed renewed for a second season in June 2022; However, showrunner Shion Takeuchi confirmed on Twitter on Jan. 9 that Inside Job would not be moving forward with its second episode after all.
I’m sorry guys, it’s true.💔#insidejob pic.twitter.com/MQZJ3S7gRDJanuary 9, 2023
The dust hadn’t settled on Inside Job’s cancellation before more bad news emerged.
The Chair, in which Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh is the inaugural Chair of Pembroke University’s English department, has also been frozen by Netflix. Amanda Peet, who co-created the series with Annie Julia Wyman, confirmed on Jan. 10 at the Television Critics Associations (TCAs) 2023 event that The Chair will not be picked up for a second season.
“We weren’t picked up,” Peet told TribLive (opens in new tab) (thanks to What’s on Netflix (opens in new tab) for the find). “Sandra and I wish it had been us.”
Understandably, fans of both TV shows have taken to social media to express their displeasure at the cancellations. The hashtag #saveinsidejob was trending on Twitter in the hours after it was taken down by the world’s top streaming service (per The Cartoon News (opens in new tab)), while fans of The Chair – like Twitter users nope (opens in new tab) – are upset about the cancellation.
What makes each show’s cancellation all the more upsetting is the high rating they’ve had from fans and critics alike. According to review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, Inside Job has a 79% approval rating among critics (opens in new tab), while its audience score is even better as Inside Job’s only season achieves a 90% certified fresh score. Meanwhile, The Chair was more popular with critics (opens in new tab) (86%) than general subscribers (79%), but the results suggest it might have been worth sticking with the show for another season.
Unfortunately, Inside Job and The Chair’s viewership numbers are the primary reason for their cancellations. The chair only managed 14 million views in its first week (opens in new tab) on Netflix. Inside Job fared slightly better – 21.2 million hours streamed (opens in new tab) after its debut — but both shows paled in comparison to Clickbait and You Season 3, which aired around the same time.
If Netflix is to renew a show for another season, the streamer needs a guarantee that it will be successful. Despite their positive critical response — and in the case of Inside Job, the fact that it had actually been renewed before the first season launched — neither show was watched enough to make Netflix feel worth pursuing invest. That will be cold consolation for the Inside Job and The Chair fan bases, however.
The two shows are the latest in a long line of Netflix-cancelled shows that include other animated offerings like The Midnight Gospel and expensive live-action series like Resident Evil. Inside Job and The Chair are probably considered by some viewers to be some of the best Netflix shows, but ultimately they weren’t popular enough for Netflix.
Yet there was some Good news on the Netflix series front in 2023. Netflix megahit Addams Family Show Wednesday will return for a second season, which isn’t surprising. The coming-of-age comedy-horror-drama is the third most-watched Netflix series of all time, with Stranger Things Season 4 and Squid Game Season 1 being the only programs streaming more.
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