Netflix has an axe to grind. Over the next few months, the streaming giant will be cancelling a stack of Netflix Originals, including tent-pole releases like Marvel's Luke Cage, House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. We have the full list of casualties. Brace yourself - there's a high chance one of your favourites might be on the list.
As a paid subscription service, Netflix is not reliant on ratings or ad revenue to survive. This means it can afford to give underperforming shows some leeway to find an audience - a luxury that free-to-air TV can't afford.
Nevertheless, Netflix still axes its original programming on a regular basis. Sometimes a series reaches its natural conclusion. Other times money needs to be reallocated elsewhere. And occasionally, a show fails to resonate with subscribers, even after all that extra leeway.
Below are all the Netflix shows that have been sent to the chopping block in 2018-2019 (along with a handful of third-party series that Netflix picked up the license for). Some will be returning for one final season while others are already dead and buried. The good news is that most of these shows will be archived on the service indefinitely for future viewing - there just wont be any new episodes.
Here's the full list:
All About the Washingtons
Hip-hop icon MC Joe Speed retires from showbiz and finds a new rhythm balancing business, romance, and everyday family chaos.
Orange Is the New Black
A privileged New Yorker ends up in a women’s prison when a past crime catches up with her in this Emmy-winning series fro the creator of ‘Weeds.
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the ‘Iron Fist,’ he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfil his destiny.
Marvel’s Luke Cage
A hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con fights to clear his name and save his neighborhood. He wasn't looking for a fight, but the people need a hero.
The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale
Joel McHale is back with six new binge-worthy episodes full of more outrageous TV clips, original sketches, celebrity guests and comedic mayhem.
The Break With Michelle Wolf
Nobody’s safe as Michelle Wolf unapologetically takes aim in this weekly topical show that blends sketches with live comedy and in-studio guests.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Imprisoned by a cult leader as a teenager, Midwesterner Kimmy is freed after 15 years. The first thing she decides to do is move to New York.
The death of a 15-year-old African American boy in Jersey City sets off a police cover-up and a search for the truth.
It’s 1996 in a town called Boring, where high school misfits in the AV and drama clubs brave the ups and downs of teenage life in the VHS era.
House of Cards
A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.
Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life.
Comedian Maria Bamford navigates awkward dates, bizarre gigs, and the fallout from a major breakdown in a funny and poignant series based on her life.
A couple must navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid.
Haters Back Off
The odd ball family life of Miranda Sings, an incredibly confident, totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward by the power of her belief that she was born famous, it’s just no one knows it yet.
Comedian Chelsea Handler travels the world, tackles outrageous challenges and chats with A-list guests in this irreverent and wholly original talk show.
A therapist forms troubling relationships with people connected to her patients.
Sophia was a broke anarchist selling vintage clothes online. But before she knew it, she became the boss of a fashion empire in this comedy series based on Sophia Amoruso’s memoir.
The Get Down
In 1977 New York City, the talented and soulful youth of the South Bronx chase dreams and breakneck beats to transform music history.
From the creators of ‘The Matrix’ and ‘Babylon 5’ comes this tense series in which eight people can telepathically experience each other’s lives.
This contemporary crime thriller focuses on a Wyoming sheriff who’s rebuilding his life and career following the death of his wife.
The Rayburns seem to have the perfect life in their lovely Florida town. But nobody’s perfect – especially the Rayburns.
They killed his dog. They made him run. Now he’s living a new life in a strange land … like a boss.
Secrets are just a part of daily life in the small Pennsylvania town of Hemlock Grove, where the darkest evils hide in plain sight.
TV is a cutthroat business - whether it's cable, streaming or free-to-air. In 2017 and 2018, a bunch of beloved shows will be bidding adieu to their dwindling fan bases to make room for the next hopeful hit. Here are all the shows that you care about whose days are sadly numbered. Marco Polo, we hardly knew ye. *Sniff*
[Via Business Insider]