The show gets cancelled along with other series’ due to COVID-19
The curse of the coronavirus pandemic has hit The Society as the show gets axed a year after announcing Season 2. The network’s decision comes as a surprise to many considering the show received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Owing to complications with filming under the new safety guidelines, Netflix’s The Society gets the chop along with I Am Not Okay With This.
The Society was eyeing a return in September to production but the uncertainty around production, balancing the needs and scheduling availabilities of the large cast and increased budget because of the new safety guidelines, the network had no option but to cancel the show.
In a statement, the streaming giant thanked Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and Pavlina Hatoupis for the show along with the writers, casts and crew members who worked tirelessly to make the show.
Keyser co-created and was the executive producer with director Marc Webb who has previously directed films such as 500 Days of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man.
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Starring Kathyrn Newton, The Society revolves around a group of teens who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town and find out that all the adults are missing. With no trace of their parents, the group is forced to take matters into their own hands. Survival calls for alliances as they struggle to figure out what happened and how to get home.
The show takes a modern approach towards William Golding’s 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies.
Apart from Kathyrn, other cast members are Gideon Adlon, Sean Berdy, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Jacques Colimon, Olivia DeJonge, Alex Fitzalan, Grace Victoria Cox, Emilio Garcia Sanchez and Olivia Nikkanen.
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Newton took to Instagram to express her grief with co-star Adlon. She said: “I’m heartbroken, so heartbroken. Everything was written. I can’t even believe it.
Newton continued: “I’m sorry we left it on such a cliffhanger; we didn’t want that.”
Adlon added: “It’s definitely a bit of a gut-punch. It’s a big bummer. But this is the way things work sometimes. We have no control over it.”
The sad news has shocked fans all around as the series ended on a huge cliffhanger and many questions are left unanswered.
Around 13,305 of 15,000 people have signed a petition to save the show. #Savethesociety trended on Twitter with many fans demanding the network for answers.
Netflix has earlier saved shows after announcing the cancellation, such as Lucifer, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Designated Survivor, Arrested Development and The Killing. Hopefully, this time around the fans too would change the network’s mind.
Other show to also receive the axe:
Based on Chuck Forsman’s graphic novel I Am Not Okay With This, the dark coming-of-age story too was cancelled owing to the pandemic. Whilst there was no official announcement regarding season two, the scripts were already completed for the sophomore run.