No Season 2 for the astronaut drama.
October 19, 2020
It is being reported that Netflix has cancelled Away after just one season. The sad news comes the month after the drama released its 10-episode freshman run, which ultimately drew a mixed reception from both viewers and critics.
So why did Netflix cancel Away so quickly after its premiere? According to the available data, the series garnered a fairly sizeable audience. It wasn't long after its September 4 debut that the show made it to the top spot of the streaming giant's Top 10 list. Nielsen streaming rankings also had it in its Top 10 for several weeks. But those numbers are just what the public has access to.
There was likely a more detailed set of internal data that only Netflix sees that factored into Away's early demise. Netflix is known to make renewal decisions based on cost vs. viewership, and by all accounts Away is one of the streamer's most-expensive shows of all time, so its internal targets for viewership were likely quite lofty out of the gate. The criteria for a second season go-ahead may have been much higher than what it actually obtained.
Set in the near future, the hour-long series stars Hilary Swank as American astronaut Emma Green, who leaves her husband and daughter behind to lead an elite international space crew on a perilous, years-long mission to Mars. The diverse team's extended time away from their families tests their relationships back at home as well as the new ones formed in space. Staying on track - and alive - is paramount, as their pursuit is humanity's most important goal.
10/22/20 at 10:47am
For the sake of me being curious what will happen on Mars, I think it should have been given a second season. It wasn't perfect yes, I thought there were several boring and unnecessary story arcs (the dirt bike phase of her daughter, yeah that was NOT needed) but it's take on personal struggle, family, and politics plus space travel is different and refreshing.
10/21/20 at 01:59pm
To me this is what "First" on Hulu should have been, but just like "First" it has been cancelled after just one season. Really liked the show.
10/21/20 at 08:54am
I found the show incredibly boring. It was more a family drama than science.
10/20/20 at 10:59pm
I enjoyed the show. Kwesi and Misha were my faves. Ram hitting on Emma though? Ugh!
10/20/20 at 05:16pm
Shame on Netflix! Why produce such an expensive show if you are going to set unrealistic expectations for it and then cancel it right after coming out??
A lot of people I know watched it so all you're doing is upsetting your subscribers.
10/20/20 at 05:11pm
How Sad.....I really enjoyed this show and was looking forward to season 2!! Netflix, wow! I thought Network TV was bad and now you are right there with them :(
10/20/20 at 03:52pm
I did not watch this, but my friend's Mom did and really liked it. This is why I don't watch any new series. Whenever I get caught up into something new they cancel it.
10/20/20 at 03:25pm
Andrew...love this! Cancelflix! On the bright side You can watch one of their new show where it’s in another language and they dub the voices into English and all for $12.99 a month. Come on Netflix...you can do better!!!! I’m canceling Netflix next year once a few of my favorite shows have their finale: Frankie & Grace, The Ozarks... etc.
10/20/20 at 02:32pm
Should I still calling this streaming channel “cancelflix”? What the heck? Sure the show had its flaws but they seem to be cancelling way too many shows lately after just one season. I really loved this show and couldn’t wait to see how they depicted mars. But yet they’ll keep plenty of other shows that fee like after school specials? I agree with other writers here. I’m going to wait till I know there are more than season before wasting my time on a show on Netflix anymore. Shame on your Netflix.
10/20/20 at 01:31pm
Awww that's too bad. I was just about to start watching this.. guess I won't now.
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