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The real reason Netflix canceled I Am Not Okay With This

Published: 29/Oct/2020 11:30

by Daniel Megarry

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The creator of Netflix’s I Am Not Okay With This has blamed rising costs and the ongoing global health crisis for the cancelation of Season 2.

When it premiered on the streaming service in February 2020, the coming-of-age drama won over viewers with relatable characters and a big mystery surrounding protagonist Sydney’s emerging telekinetic superpowers.

The first season ended with Sydney exploding a bully’s head after he threatened to ‘out’ her to the whole school.

Then, after she ran away in shock, viewers were introduced to a shadowy figure who told Sydney it was time to “begin” controlling her powers and that people should be “afraid” of her.

I Am Not Okay With This on Netflix
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I Am Not Okay With This was canceled by Netflix after just one season

The major cliffhanger clearly pointed to a second season, and things seemed to be on the right track. But those hopes were dashed when Netflix announced in August that the show was effectively being ‘un-renewed’.

Season 2 of I Am Not Okay With This was already written

Unlike many other Netflix shows that are struck off based on lower-than-expected viewership, I Am Not Okay With This performed well with subscribers. Co-creator Jonathan Entwistle says the show had a second (and final) season written and ready to film at the beginning of summer 2020.

“Many of the questions that we posed in the first season were mapped out for a second season,” Entwistle told Insider. “When they commissioned season two and they greenlit us into the writers’ room, they told us it was to be the final season. So we were writing a finale that we’d already planned.”

Sydney in Netflix's I Am Not Okay With This
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Fans won’t get to find out what happens to Sydney in I Am Not Okay With This

So why was I Am Not Okay With This canceled?

It seems that, as many have speculated, part of the reason it was canceled was due to the ongoing global health crisis. Rising costs associated with protective equipment, testing and other safety measures meant a second season was no longer viable for Netflix.

“The show was due to start shooting in May or June and obviously it got delayed,” continued Entwistle. He said the process became more costly than expected, and that it would be “anywhere between $5 to $10 million per season of television” to make changes and follow safety measures.

Entwistle believes that comparisons to another popular retro-inspired Netflix show didn’t help either. “In many ways I considered it to be a smaller, niche show,” he said, “and they considered it to be a replacement for Stranger Things.”

Some fans have questioned why Season 2 couldn’t have simply been pushed back. This is because Netflix has to pay actors and filmmakers to keep them attached to a project, and that cost goes up the longer they’re held in limbo.

I Am Not Okay With This joins a number of original Netflix series that have been canceled in 2020. We’ve rounded up every single one of them, from GLOW to Sabrina and The Society, right here.

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WandaVision boss reveals The Office & Modern Family episode coming soon

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:27 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 15:49

by Daniel Megarry

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As if we weren’t excited enough for WandaVision, it’s now been revealed that one episode of the Disney+ show will take inspiration from hit sitcom The Office.

There’s not long to go until Marvel’s latest TV series WandaVision hits our screens on January 15, 2021, and while we still don’t know quite what the storyline is going to be, there are plenty of teasers from those involved about what we can expect.

The new entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe will follow Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda and Paul Bettany’s Vision as they live ideal suburban lives – but soon realize that not everything is as it seems.

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WandaVision will take inspiration from various sitcoms through the ages

The latest hint about what to expect from the new series comes from Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who spoke to Empire about the inspiration behind the unique sitcom-style approach the show will take.

We already know that one episode of the show – most likely the premiere – will take the form of a 1950s sitcom, complete with black-and-white visuals and a live studio audience, who no doubt had to sign some hefty NDAs to make sure nothing leaked.

Now, Feige has teased that the show will gradually progress through the decades, ending up with an episode inspired by none other than hit mockumentary series The Office. And yes, there will be fourth-wall-breaking confessionals from Wanda and Vision.

“I loved TV, and watched far too much The Dick Van Dyke Show and I Love Lucy and Bewitched and everything,” Feige said of the shows that inspired WandaVision. “We go up to the Modern Family and The Office style. The talk-to-the-camera, shaky-camera, documentary style.”

It certainly seems like WandaVision will be different from anything Marvel have done before, and the news of an episode inspired by The Office has got fans pitching their dream scenarios of what could happen.

“Will it have a cameo from Michael Houdini?” joked one Reddit user, while another added: “I’m going to love this show so much. It’s such an odd and creative idea that completely breaks away from the Marvel formula.”

As for the show’s impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was recently revealed that WandaVision will “directly set up” Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which comes out in 2022, with Wanda/Scarlet Witch playing “a key role” in the sequel movie.

While we wait for the new Marvel show to hit Disney+ on January 15, 2021, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about WandaVision including casting, plot rumors, and how it will tie into the wider MCU.