After just one season, “The Get Down” is officially down in the TV dumpster, according to Variety. Netflix canceled the musical drama about teens from the Bronx in the late 1970s from creator Baz Luhrmann (“The Great Gatsby,” “Moulin Rouge!”) on Wednesday.
Canceling a show at all is still a rare move for Netflix, and this is the first time the streaming service has ever killed one of its original shows after only a single season. (“The Killing” ran for one season on Netflix, but had three previous seasons on AMC.) “The Get Down” debuted in 2016, and the second part of the first season premeired in April.
Netflix infamously doesn’t reveal viewing numbers, so there’s probably no way we’ll ever find out if it was really the least-watched original series on the streaming service, but it definitely didn’t get as much buzz as Stranger Things,” “Orange Is the New Black,” or “House of Cards.”
The other clear factor here is production expenses. The show was reportedly the most costly production in Netflix history at $120 million. There were also some complications throughout shooting that led some of the show’s writers to jokingly call it “The Shut Down,” according to Variety.
Creator and director Baz Luhrmann tweeted his thoughts after the news came out Wednesday night:
— Baz Luhrmann (@bazluhrmann) May 25, 2017
“As for the real future of the show, the spirit of ‘The Get Down,’ and the story it has begun to tell… it has its own life,” Luhrmann wrote in a Facebook post. “One that lives on today and will continue to be told somewhere, somehow, because of you, the fans and the supporters.”