Netflix is slowly shedding its reputation as the oasis for TV shows that can live forever. The streaming giant cancelled two of its freshman dramas, V Wars and October Faction, adding to Netflix’s growing list of one-season dramas including Messiah, Spinning Out, Daybreak, and more.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Netflix cancelled two of its comic-inspired series, V Wars and October Faction, after one season, just after the streaming platform had renewed Locke & Key for a second season. All three series were produced by comic book publisher IDW Publishing.
V Wars, which stars Ian Somehalder, is based on Jonathan Maberry’s bestselling 2012 book of the same name, which chronicles the first Vampire War in a collection of prose stories. Somerhalder — who can’t seem to get away from vampire shows — starred as Dr. Luther Swann, who enters the supernatural world when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend into a murderous predator, and must race to find the answers behind the disease while his friend rises to become a leader of vampires. While the series is cancelled, THR reports that Somerhalder, who directed an episode of V Wars, is in talks with Netflix on other projects.
Meanwhile, October Faction, which is based on the IDW comics by Steve Niles, followed a pair of monster hunters Fred J.C. MacKenzie and Deloris Allen Tamara Taylor who return to their hometown in upstate New York with their teenage children, and must hide their identities as they discover the small town “isn’t as idyllic as it seems.”
Both V Wars and October Faction ran for one season each, after launching in December 2019 and January 2020, respectively. The early cancellations are somewhat surprising for Netflix, which once had a reputation as a company that rescues struggling network and cable TV shows and gives several-season runs to niche shows that would otherwise not have a chance on primetime TV. But Netflix has been quietly canceling more series after one season, such as Messiah, AJ and the Queen, Spinning Out, Soundtrack and Daybreak. Netflix has also gained a habit of canceling even critically acclaimed titles after three seasons, despite frequent online campaigns by fans to bring those shows back. The streamer still does not release viewership and won’t divulge how its internal data affects its renewal and cancellation decisions.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...