Lifetime will no longer air the drama moving forward.
December 3, 2018
Fans of the new drama You may not be happy to hear that the series, already renewed for Season 2, will no longer be returning to Lifetime. There is a silver lining though, as it is not cancelled; it will just be moving over to Netflix to continue its story in 2019.
The latest scripted original from super producer Greg Berlanti, the series stars Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley as Joe, a bookstore manager who becomes infatuated with an aspiring writer after the two cross paths. What starts out as an awkward crush ends up becoming an obsession, with Joe using social media to research intimate of details about the woman of his dreams in order to get close to her. Discretely and strategically, Joe removes every obstacle and person in his path.
Lifetime was originally quite bullish on You, and was confident enough to order a second season more than a month ahead of its series premiere. Soft ratings during its 10-episode freshman run appear to have changed the cable network's executives' minds, though. Thankfully, Netflix already had a vested interest in the show for Season 1 with first-run rights internationally and second-window rights in the states.
The streamer will now fully take on You as a Netflix Original for Season 2, which will likely return in 2019. The second season will once again be based on a Caroline Kepnes novel, this time taken from her follow-up book 'Hidden Bodies'.
12/08/18 at 07:12pm
This is exactly what they did with the show Unreal. It also never came back to Lifetime and there was another season filmed.
12/06/18 at 09:40am
Shows have to be made before they can be seen. Sometimes they don't come out great, but you already spent the money. How do you get people to watch a dud? Renew early so as to draw attention to a show that will flounder, or appease the people who are afraid to take a chance on tv. So many shows have been failing off an early renewal that that tactic is starting to not work.
12/05/18 at 07:19pm
Truth, what is this logic? If you have no confidence in a show, give it an early renewal? Wut. Why would that be the decision over say...not having even one season of it...
12/04/18 at 09:14am
As has been said many times on this site early renewal means no confidence in show. You only renew a show before it airs if you don't think people will watch it. Lifetime does not own Netflix. They had to get rid of it of Netflix to pick it up. If you are afraid (why?) of watching a show that won't get a second season then an early renewal should drive you away.
12/03/18 at 06:22pm
I really enjoyed this show. I'm kinda glad that it's going to be on Netflix that means we all will know when to expect season 2 and get all the episodes at once! I ain't mad!
12/03/18 at 05:09pm
This is why I no longer watch Lifetime. Luckily they didn’t cancel it and Netflix picked it up but usually they just cancel. After The Witches of East End I gave up on Lifetime.