Netflix cancels ‘Space Force’ after second season amid company layoffs and shake up

Netflix has canceled “Space Force” starring Steve Carrell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz and other notable cast members after only its second season, another sign of upheaval at the video streaming giant.

Space Force, which premiered in May 2020 with a 10-episode run, was picked up for a second season that aired in February 2022. The show received mixed reviews overall and struggled to enter the top 10 in Nielsen’s overall streaming chart, although it topped number 7 in the streaming originals category according to Deadline, which broke the news of the cancellation.

In addition to Carrell, Malkovich, and Schwartz, the show featured Tawny Newsome, Dianna Silvers, Don Lake, and Jimmy O. Yang. The show focused on the new branch of the US military, the eponymous US Space Force, and its struggles to find its place and be taken seriously by the government that created it.

Metaphors don’t hit harder, folks.


Analysis: Speaking of struggles…

The cancellation comes after a few bad months for Netflix.

It lost 200,000 subscribers in 2022, including 700,000 when it pulled out of the Russian market after Russia invaded Ukraine. This latest drop was offset by 500,000 additional new subscribers from elsewhere. Although the loss of subscribers is expected to get worse before it gets better. Netflix said it will lose another 2 million subscribers by June 2022.

The news sparked a huge selloff that wiped $50 billion off the company’s market value.

This led to the company canceling several ongoing projects as well as several other shows besides Space Force. The company also fired staff from its Tudum blog on Thursday afternoon, with many of those writers taking to Twitter to express their shock and disappointment.

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