Why was Y: The Last Man canceled? This might be the reason

Y: The Last Man was canceled earlier this week, it was revealed, even though the show is only eight episodes in to its 10-episode run. Now, a new report has shed light on why the show is being canceled now – it’s apparently due to timing.

An adaptation of the popular comics series by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y: The Last Man has famously been through a tortured development period. The show was originally commissioned in early 2019 with the rights secured long before that, but it was delayed when the original showrunners exited the series. Filming didn’t begin until October 2020.

According to THR, Y: The Last Man’s US home FX had to make a choice on the series on October 15 – or face spending millions extending the ‘options’ of the cast (that means keeping the cast locked in and contractually obligated to make a second season). Otherwise, they’d be free to pursue other work. The pandemic-related delays on this show sound like they made the timing incredibly difficult from a financial perspective.

Ultimately, FX chose not to move forward with the show, though a second season was pitched in September. THR says that the cancellation wasn’t based on viewer figures – with a source noting that the show would be “on a different clock” without Covid. The report claims, though, that the show did experience some drop-off in viewing numbers, according to a source.

Why Y: The Last Man’s cancellation is unusual

When Netflix cancels a show, it usually has at least a month of data with which to make that decision – and since it drops all episodes of a show at once, it can measure the series’ popularity from first episode to last. As a result, both The Irregulars and Jupiter’s Legacy were dropped from the streamer after around four weeks.

That doesn’t make it feel any less unfair when your favorite series gets axed, but at least there’s a methodology in play that led to that decision.

Here, it’s hard not to wonder if Y: The Last Man’s fate might’ve been different if the entire show had dropped at once. Sometimes it takes a whole season of a serialized drama for it to really click – but the weekly series has now been axed before anyone has seen every episode. That does feel premature from the audience’s point of view. 

While the reasons for axing Y: The Last Man make sense in the report, especially given its prolonged pre-production period, it illustrates that these decisions can seem confusing in a streaming age. On traditional US TV networks, hard numbers tell the story of whether a show is doing well or not – on streamers, you essentially get as much data as they’re prepared to give you. Which, it turns out, isn’t that much. 

source: https://www.techradar.com/news/why-was-y-the-last-man-canceled-this-might-be-the-reason

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