Bad news if you were hoping for a Disjointed season 2 at Netflix — the Kathy Bates series isn’t going to be serving up a new supply.
Today, the streaming service canceled the comedy series, which has to be one of their more high-profile disappointments in this space. They got on board an extremely high-profile producer for this series in Chuck Lorre, and to go along with that they also had the talents of the Oscar-winning Bates.
There were already some signs that the future of Disjointed was in a certain degree of flux — last fall, Chris Redd departed the series in order to become a featured player on the new season of Saturday Night Live. At that time it felt like the series would just cast someone new, but this exit would’ve meant viewers having to get used to an entirely new character. Beyond just that, the writers would’ve needed to find another way to invigorate fresh humor into a subject matter (pot distribution) that was played out a lot in the first season.
We absolutely did want Disjointed as a series to work, if for no other reason than that Kathy Bates is one of our favorite actors from the past several decades — we know that she can do heavy, dramatic material, but there was something nice about getting to see her at this point in her career do something lighthearted and funny. The material just never got to the point where it matched up with her talent. We also don’t think that Netflix really did enough in order to promote the series — despite having Bates in the cast, it never felt like there was a concentrated effort to really push either the series or its star in the mainstream. (We imagine that the subject matter alone is one of the reasons why this show went to streaming rather than network TV — as of late, Lorre has made a rather permanent home for himself at CBS.)
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