It’s a lesson every journalist learns in school: sometimes, you’ve got to kill your babies.
Girlboss is the latest Netflix series to receive the kiss of death, in the form of a cancellation notice. After just one season the series joins a small-yet-growing group of streaming experiments that didn’t quite land for one reason or another.
Confirmation of the cancellation came via Variety, with Sophia Amoruso — the American entrepreneur whose life story served as the series foundation — also addressing the news on Saturday in an Instagram Story.
“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled,” Amoruso wrote. “While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months.”
She also addressed the show’s caustic portrayal of her fictional self, as well as an on screen break-up — spurred by a TV boyfriend’s cheating — that many read as a parallel to her IRL 2016 divorce.
“Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. [People] read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”
The end of Girlboss is only the latest sign that Netflix is growing up as a content creator. The streaming service has launched an impressive number of original efforts over the past several years, but only recently has the company shown an increasing commitment to pulling the plug on ideas that aren’t perceived to be working.
Some, however, have accused the company of getting it wrong more times than not.
The Get Down and Sense8 were shown the door — the former after just one season and the latter after two — in May and June, respectively. Marco Polo, yet another big-budget Netflix production, came to a premature end in late 2016, after two seasons.
Controversy followed the most recent cancellations. The company’s detractors wondered why two series with admittedly mixed reviews were going away while critically reviled series’ like Flaked and Fuller House were allowed to carry on.
Complicating matters even more is the fact that The Get Down and Sense8 told stories about diversity. Their untimely end — when previously cancelled series’ like Lilyhammer and Hemlock Grove enjoyed longer runs — raised questions.
Girlboss is unlikely to quiet those questions. Where The Get Down celebrated an historic period in black history and Sense8 explored questions around sexuality and identity, Girlboss highlighted the story of a powerful, business-minded woman in the 21st century.
The series may be finished now, but it’s unlikely that Netflix has seen the last of it.