One and done. Netflix has introduced its viewers to many unique TV shows over the years — but not every original series gets to explore their story beyond one season before getting canceled.
Julie and the PhantomsIt quickly gained a cult following after it was released on streaming in September 2020. The musical comedy was based off the Brazilian television series. Julie e os FantasmasThe story centered on a high school student summoning the ghosts three dead musicians accidentally. The characters decided to team up to help each other achieve their dreams and unfinished business.
Fans waited to hear if the show had been cancelled or renewed. Executive producers were there. David HogeAnd Dan CrossThey revealed that they had already started to think of ideas for the second season.
“If we are lucky enough to get a second season, the ghosts would have a lot going on,” Hoge and Cross told TVLineSeptember 2021. “They’ve always wanted to get their music out there for the world to hear. They want to make that connection with their audience, as Luke always says. Is it a number one album? Song at the top the charts? They will be remembered for their music regardless of what it takes. There are still many obstacles in their path, as you can see at the end. And now it seems there’s an ‘obstacle’ in the inner circle.”
Two months later, executive producers Kenny OrtegaNetflix confirmed that the series was being cancelled.
“Our [Julie and the Phantoms] family want to send our love and endless thanks to our Fantoms all over the world for the tremendous outpouring of love and support you have shown us since our premiere,” Ortega wrote via Instagram. “We learned this week that Netflix will not be picking us up for another season. Although our hearts are saddened, we move on with such pride for what we accomplished as a team and the family we built while creating Julie.”
He added: “We hope you will continue to follow us as we move forward with our work and careers. All the best for the holidays. We wish you all good health, love, and #perfectharmony in everything you do! Kenny, our dedicated Cast, Writers, Producers, Creatives, BC Crew, & Kenny, Kenny [Netflix] Team!”
Julie and the Phantoms wasn’t the only series with a strong online presence that didn’t get to continue telling its story. The post-apocalyptic series DaybreakFans also started to flock to the show after it was released in October 2019. The comic series adaptation used humor and comedy to explore the story about a group high school students struggling to survive the end.
The series co-creator was fired one month after it was published. Aron ColeiteDaybreak announced that it would not be returning.
“Thank you for picking up what we put down, for running with it in all of your amazing, weird, monstrous ways and for being such an important part of this show and our experience making it,” he tweeted in December 2019. “Here at Daybreak we don’t say we love you. We say ‘you’re a s–t.’ We say ‘let’s be monsters.’ So be s–ts, be monsters, give ’em Hell. Remember to be you. No one is as heartbroken as we are that we can’t share more of this ride with you. But we’re so grateful to have gotten to bring it this far. We appreciate your participation, your enthusiasm and your memes. We’ll see you out there.”
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