May 24, 2017

Word is out tonight that Netflix has cancelled The Get Down after its first season. The musical drama, which premiered last fall, was co-created by Baz Luhrmann, best known for his work in film direction. The famed director and producer shared the news with fans on Facebook, writing that his lack of availability to the series was a major factor in its cancellation.

The Get Down was Luhrmann's first foray into television after earlier successes in theatre and film over the past two-plus decades. Ambitious in nature, the project faced its share of difficulties throughout production, resulting in its 11-episode run being split into two parts that were released months apart.

Set in 1977 New York City, The Get Down followed a rag-tag crew of talented and soulful youth in the South Bronx who used improvised dance steps, verbal games, and spray cans to help transform music history at a time when the city gave birth to hip-hop, punk, and disco music.