Netflix canceling shows has become common, but this week brings a unique case with “Inside Job,” and its passionate fanbase expressing their anger.
Inside Job’s Unexpected End
“Inside Job” faced an uncommon fate. Instead of a simple cancellation after its first season, it experienced an “un-renewal,” a rare occurrence that’s becoming more frequent in the unpredictable world of streaming.
The show, created by Shion Takeuchi, imagines a world where conspiracy theories are real. It kicked off with a 20-episode order divided into two parts. Following the airing of the initial set of 10 episodes in June 2022, the show was confirmed for a second season.
A Twist in Plans: Netflix’s Decision to Cancel
However, the situation took an unexpected turn. It seems that Netflix wasn’t satisfied with certain performance metrics linked to the second batch of 10 episodes, which debuted in November 2022.
Netflix decided to cancel the series this week, even after the earlier renewal. This confirmation came directly from Takeuchi herself via an online statement:
As a result, Netflix decided to cancel the series this week, even after the earlier renewal. This confirmation came directly from Takeuchi herself via an online statement.
— Shion Takeuchi (@shhhhhionn) January 9, 2023
Troubled Times for Animation: A Larger Trend
The animation industry has faced its share of challenges recently, especially at WB Discovery, where numerous shows were canceled and some removed from the library entirely.
Although Netflix generally fares well with animated content compared to its competitors, this scenario is reminiscent of the cancellation of the acclaimed show “Tuca and Bertie,” which needed to find renewal elsewhere.
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Renewal Followed by Cancellation
Renewing a show and then canceling it is a rarity, but it has happened before. Netflix notably renewed “GLOW” for a final season, only to later reverse that decision due to production challenges brought on by COVID-19.
In the case of “Inside Job,” the reasons likely involve a combination of metrics and cost-cutting. Fans, regardless of the cause, expressed their discontent, resulting in “Inside Job” trending with over 50,000 tweets in a few hours.
Gravity Falls vs. Inside Job
This situation differs from the show’s predecessor, “Gravity Falls,” which concluded on its own terms with a satisfying ending, as noted by its creator.
While it’s unclear how many seasons “Inside Job” had planned, it didn’t receive the opportunity to expand beyond its debut season.
Meanwhile, other animated series like “Big Mouth” are securing renewals for multiple seasons, including a seventh season.
While the exact reasons remain vague, likely related to costs, viewership, and completion rates, it’s disappointing, especially considering the anticipation fans had for the promised second season.
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