There used to be a time when a television show renewal was firm and it meant that a favorite show would be coming back the next season. But the COVID-19 pandemic has changed all the rules and now popular shows that were once guaranteed a new season, are finding that’s no longer the case.
Glow and Stumptown Cancelled
Just this week, the popular Netflix show Glow learned it would no longer be filming its fourth and supposedly final season, even though it had already started production in March—even completing one episode!— before the pandemic closed things down.
Netflix cited the large cast, filming in Los Angeles, and the nature of the actors being so physical and close to one another (this is a wrestling show after all) as weighing in on their unpopular decision.
Stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and Marc Maron have all used social media to say goodbye to fans and co-stars.
Brie posted several photos of the cast, writing, “Going to miss this… Forever grateful to my GLOW family for changing my life forever” on her Instagram page.
Meanwhile, Maron wrote “No more GLOW. Sorry. Stinks” on his Twitter page and posted a video explaining why he thinks Netflix should finish the story in a movie, explaining the storyline for the entire season was already laid out.
Earlier this year, Netflix also cancelled previously renewed second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This, citing circumstances related to COVID.
Just a month ago, ABC also went back on its decision of airing a second season of Stumptown, which stars Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, and Michael Ealy. The network blamed scheduling issues caused by COVID-19.
Naturally, disappointed fans have been very vocal about the cancellations and many have become engaged in “save our show” campaigns and sending emails and letters to the networks involved. Here’s hoping they work!
— sha🌻 #SAVEGLOW plz (@yeezus2916) October 6, 2020