Netflix has Cancelled Lockwood & Co. Season 2 And Fans are Absolutely Furious
One of the best shows on Netflix has come to an end. After the cancellation of Lockwood & Co. Season 2, show fans have started boycotting Netflix. There won’t be a second season of the well-liked young adult (YA) supernatural detective series that dazzled viewers and critics upon its debut at the beginning of 2023.
Complete Fiction Pictures, the production company behind Lockwood & Co’s TV adaptation, through Twitter.
— Complete Fiction Pictures (@FictionComplete) May 12, 2023
Netflix’s evident satisfaction with how brilliantly Lockwood & Co. performed is what makes its dismissal so heinous.
Netflix was “very pleased” with the responses from the audience to the Ruby Stokes-starring TV show, which is based on Jonathan Stroud’s book series of the same name. They were also “very pleased” with the work that had gone into its creation.
However, Lockwood & Co. season 2 was canceled since its season-watching numbers needed to meet expectations. This is a pity, in our opinion. Our full review of Lockwood & Company Season 1 called it “terrifyingly good fun” and “one of Netflix’s better Eldritch-tinged TV series.”
We weren’t the only ones who thought so; the only season of Lockwood & Company received a 94% audience rating and a 92% Certified Fresh critical rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
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The show’s cast, including Cameron Chapman, Ali Hadji-Heshmati, and Stokes, exclusively revealed to TechRadar in January that they believed the show’s potential popularity would enable them to continue telling the tale in Stroud’s novels. Sadly, that will not be the case.
Understandably, many Netflix fans are upset about Lockwood & Co.’s abrupt demise. Some people have even started to boycott the most effective streaming service in the world because of the discontinuation of another well-liked series on it.
Several subscribers have canceled their Netflix subscriptions, including Twitter user Maharharhar.
When Netflix canceled Lockwood & Co., so I canceled them too pic.twitter.com/BSaFvoDly0
— La😸 Tendy’s agent (@maharharhar) May 12, 2023
Others, like Twitter user cornerofmkreads, asserted that Lockwood & Co.’s abrupt conclusion adds credence to the ongoing writers’ strike, which has paralyzed Hollywood and impacted the production of numerous films and TV shows, including Stranger Things and numerous Marvel endeavors.
you know what this tells me? that writers can’t trust netflix with their work. lockwood&co has incredible material to work with, a built in audience, and debuted with a 100% on rotten tomatoes. it is a goldmine, business wise. yet they still cancelled it. I understand the strikes
— 𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒂 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒘𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓. (@cornerofmkreads) May 12, 2023
A petition started by Twitter user i2eloise asks another primary streaming service to save the TV program. Ironically, Netflix did just that after NBC canceled Manifest in June 2021.
— amelia (ames) JONAH DAY (@i2eloise) May 12, 2023
Is It Giving Up the Ghost in the YA Genre?
This is not the first time that Netflix has ended a YA-targeted TV show earlier than expected.
Fate: Over the past 12 months, The Winx Saga, First Kill, The Bastard Son and the Devil Himself, and The Babysitters’ Club have all been dropped.
Shadow and Bone viewers are feverishly trying to manipulate the YA fantasy show’s viewing numbers to prevent Netflix from also canceling it. The cancellation of Lockwood & Company Season 2 shouldn’t be entirely surprising given its genre positioning, even though we think it’s one of the best Netflix shows available.
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Along with The Stranger Above Things and other huge successes like Wednesday, Riverdale, Sex Education, and Never Have I Ever, Netflix has found success with YA television programs. So the 18 to 25-year-old audience-focused Netflix series aren’t entirely throwaway on the side of the streaming service.
However, it does appear that Netflix cancels more YA-focused shows than any other category. Perhaps these shows’ fanbases are more vocal than those of previous canceled Netflix shows and aren’t hesitant to criticize the streaming service for ending a series too soon.
Perhaps Netflix produces more YA-focused content for its core target audience (those between 18 and 25), leading to the cancellation of many YA TV shows when they don’t do as well as anticipated.
Whatever the reason, Netflix seems to cancel more shows geared toward younger audiences than other age groups, at least outside of the main one, which is viewing numbers.
It must choose between being more selective about which YA projects it approves of or stopping canceling the ones the audience finds compelling to keep those viewers. If not, Netflix will lose enough of its 18–25 audience to drive them away permanently.
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