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Netflix reveal why so many original shows get canceled after one season

Published: 13/Nov/2020 11:09 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 11:10

by Daniel Megarry


Netflix have offered an explanation as to why they appear to cancel so many of their original series after just one season.

The streaming service has given us some of the most successful shows of the last decade, from Orange Is The New Black to Stranger Things and beyond. But, it’s also gained a reputation for canceling shows prematurely, despite them showing potential.

In 2020 alone, Hilary Swank’s high-profile space drama Away, coming-of-age series I Am Not Okay With This, and the much-hyped revival of Jim Henson’s 1982 sci-fi classic The Dark Crystal have all been given the chop after just one season for various reasons.

Hilary Swank in Netflix's Away
Despite having a big-name star, Away was canceled by Netflix after just one season

Netflix don’t reveal their streaming figures, but it’s generally understood by now that if a show is canceled early, and a specific reason hasn’t been provided, then it’s typically because it hasn’t performed as well as they expected.

Why do Netflix cancel so many shows?

During an appearance at the Paley International Council Summit, Netflix’s Global Head of TV Bela Bajaria attempted to offer an explanation as to why the service appears to cancel so many freshman shows.

“It’s always painful to cancel a show and nobody wants to do that. We order straight to series in the first rather than make pilots, which results sometimes in more season one cancelations,” she said according to Deadline.

“Even with that, I still believe a season order is still a better creative expression of a writer’s idea so I still think that’s the right model for us.”

Bajaria acknowledged it was “disproportionately” big news when Netflix cancels a show, in contrast to other TV networks or streaming platforms, but said Netflix have a renewal rate of 67% when it comes to “season twos and more”, citing shows like The Crown and Grace & Frankie as popular examples.

I Am Not Okay With This on Netflix
I Am Not Okay With This was canceled after one season due to the ongoing global health crisis

Netflix’s Co-CEO Ted Sarandos offered another explanation as to why it seems like they cancel more shows than anyone else. He argued they’re being judged against the “old way of doing things” instead of being forgiven for taking a more modern approach.

“It seems like in this new age of television, the business model is a little different. The things that marked success prior to Netflix really had been getting to syndication, that was the goal and anything that didn’t get to 100 episodes or past the four seasons didn’t feel like a success,” he said.

“Whereas I think many shows can be a success for being exactly what they are and you could tell that story in two seasons or one season or five seasons. I think it gets talked about so much because it’s measured against the old way of doing things.”

Upset that Netflix have canceled your favorite series? You’re not alone. We’ve compiled a list of every single show canceled by the streaming service in 2020, from Sabrina to The Society, right here.


Matt LeBlanc’s classic car collection is nothing short of extraordinary

Published: 26/Nov/2020 13:52

by Kieran Bicknell


While many were surprised to see Friends star and sitcom actor Matt LeBlanc as one of the hosts for BBC’s Top Gear for a stint, it turns out LeBlanc is in fact a massive petrolhead, and has a collection of classic cars that is the stuff of dreams.

Anyone that has watched Friends knows the scene where Matt’s character Joey pretends to own a Porsche. Well, it turns out that there’s a degree of truth in that scene — LeBlanc is a massive fan of the Porsche brand, and has a number of their cars in his fleet.

Unlike most celebrity car collections, however, Matt’s is a lot more classic-oriented than most. From early air-cooled Porsches to unusual Jeeps, he has a classic for almost any occasion, as well as a number of cutting-edge supercars for good measure.

Porsche GT2 RS on track
Matt’s fastest car is his Porsche 911 GT2 RS.

Matt LeBlanc’s incredible Porsche collection

Porsche clearly hold a special place in Matt’s heart. From the air-cooled ‘widowmaker’ 930 911 Turbo to the cutting-edge 911 GT2 RS, his collection spans a number of decades and styles.

There is a noticeable bias towards the classics here, too. Prior to the 996-era of 911 launching in 1997, Porsche’s engines were mostly air-cooled, and this is where most of Matt’s collection is focused. While there are no doubt some hidden gems that are kept away from public eyes, we do know he owns the following:

  • 2012 911 Carrera GTS
  • 1988 964 (911) Carrera
  • 1987 930 (911) Turbo
  • 2014 911 Turbo S
  • 2016 911 R
  • 2017 911 GT2 RS

Despite his love for Porsche, there’s one he’d never buy: A 914. In an interview with Men’s Journal, he said “I’m not a fan of the 914, though I know there are some die-hard fans out there. I’ll get letters about that.”

Matt LeBlanc Top Gear
Instagram: @mleblanc
As a well-known car enthusiast, Top Gear was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for LeBlanc.

Matt LeBlanc’s exotic cars

While his biggest love is Porsche, Matt also enjoys dabbling in other brands of four-wheeled transport too.

Satisfying his ‘hot hatch’ requirements is his Ford Focus RS, an all-wheel-drive hatchback complete with ‘drift’ button. He also has a classic American muscle car in the form of a De Tomaso Pantera, complete with its room-shaking V8 engine.

Good friend and previous co-host Chris Harris also revealed that Matt has bought himself a Ferrari Testarossa, which will sit nicely alongside his Pantera, and his other Ferraris — a 360 Modena and 458 Italia.

Perhaps the most unusual car in his collection is a Fiat X1/9. This diminutive, rear-engined Italian sports car must’ve struck a chord with LeBlanc, as it’s totally different from anything else in his collection.

With its mix of iconic classics and modern supercars, Matt’s collection is enviable – just don’t tell him you’re a fan of the Porsche 914, whatever you do.