Netflix, the streaming giant, has been known to create original content for their TV shows. However, not everything is a success. One of their most recent creations is Girlboss, which was released last year and has gained quite a following. Sadly, that is not enough as the streaming site just recently cancelled the renewal for a Season 2.
Based on the bestselling book by Sophia Amoruso, it follows the life of a young woman looking to become a successful business owner and a fashion icon. Unlike the series, the book was a huge success and became a New York Times bestseller. The show itself was very inspirational, as it clearly represents the journey of a person’s perseverance to reach her dreams. It emphasizes the struggles as well as the small and big victories that led to #TheNastyGal (the clothing brand established in the show) success.
But where did it all go wrong?
Aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 32% rating along with negative reviews and low viewer numbers. This may not be too much of an issue because one question seems to be harrowing the minds of everybody: How did Netflix fail to make Girlboss a success?
Marco Polo, Bloodline, Sense8, and The Get Down are just some of the most ambitious series of the streaming giant that have been cancelled yet Girlboss is very different from these. Girlboss looks exactly like the shows that Netflix could renew for several times as it has the capacity to go for long seasons and survive.
However, a recent statement from Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings as per Decider, “I’m always pushing the content team. We have to take more risks. You have to try more crazy things because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.” He added, citing the hit Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why,“We didn’t realize just how it would catch on.”
Still, Girlboss seems to be a hit rather than a miss, and this cancellation has shocked quite a few critics and fans. It is unclear why the streaming site cancelled the series but if we are to look at Hastings’ comments, it seems that Netflix is trying to prove to Hollywood that it’s a good platform to make good shows, which means that the streaming site should be more strategic when it comes to giving show renewals, to secure that each renewal will come to an epic ending.
To put it in a nutshell: Girlboss isn’t a trend, but more like a blip and one season is enough for it to make a dent in the world of TV shows and Netflix is ready to move on.
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