The Get Down started as a pretty ambitious project for Netflix; unfortunately, it now ends as a rare failure.
According to a new report coming in from Deadline, the streaming service has decided to cancel the series after just a single season on the air, with there potentially being many different reasons for it. For one, Baz Luhrmann was not slated to be involved in a potential second season; meanwhile, the show was also incredibly expensive to make in comparison to some of the other ones on the service.
Finally, there’s also the issue of buzz. Since Netflix doesn’t release much in the way of ratings, the biggest thing that you can gauge the success / failure of many of their shows on is their ability to generate some discussion and conversation online. Shows like 13 Reasons Why, Orange Is the New Black, and Master of None are clearly generating a lot of conversation. Unfortunately, talk around The Get Down faded shortly after its premiere on the service.
One of the biggest shames of this cancellation is that the show couldn’t generate a little more discussion when you consider just how impressive the cast was (Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito were among the key players) and also how impressive the visual style was. Unfortunately, this was just one of those big swings for Netflix that amounted to a miss. That does happen from time to time when you’re taking the risk of putting this many shows on the air.
Ultimately, there is still a good bit worth looking forward to when it comes to Netflix coming up. There is a new season of Orange is the New Black coming up, and beyond that, there is House of Cards and another run of BoJack Horseman. Netflix is virtually at a point now where there is so much content, you are virtually getting a new program at some point almost every week.
What do you think about the cancellation of The Get Down, and will you miss the show in any way? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the comments below! (Photo: Netflix.)