The cancelation of ‘Tuca & Bertie’ is a major loss for Netflix

On Wednesday, Netflix announced it canceled two more of its series, Tuca & Bertie and Designated Survivor.

Tuca & Bertie, an original animated series, and Designated Survivor, which Netflix picked up from ABC for a third season, have both been axed, but Netflix didn’t give a reason for either cancelation. It just offered up gushing thank-yous to the shows’ crews in a statement. The Tuca & Bertie announcement, in particular, is a real loss for Netflix.

The series, which only debuted in May, has a woman showrunner (BoJack Horseman‘s Lisa Hanawalt) and explores the lives of two bird women (played by comedians Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish) as they deal with addiction, harassment, equality, sexuality, work, and friendship. Hanawalt posted about the cancelation on Twitter and said she hopes “we can find a home for Tuca & Bertie to continue their adventures.” She added that “I still get daily messages and tweets from viewers who connect personally to the characters and stories.”

Tuca & Bertie fans expressed similar frustrations but also commented on how much they loved the show and related to its fearless, honest depiction of adult women. And it wasn’t just women who loved the show.

The hashtag #RenewTucaAndBertie has started circulating but this is yet another example of Netflix’s wild contradictions: They’re throwing an alleged $70 million at Eddie Murphy for a comedy special that seems to be validated on name alone. It inexplicably keeps giving Jerry Seinfeld seasons of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, one of the most boring shows in recent memory. Limping franchises like Arrested Development continue to get life support. Last summer’s from-fat-to-hot disaster Insatiable was roundly panned by critics, but Netflix wasted no time renewing it. And yet shows like One Day at a Time, which has a massive fanbase and actually connects with people, get tossed.

It seems Netflix isn’t listening to its shows’ fans, and that’s going to be even more important when it starts losing more non-original series. It’s already started losing subscribers.


H/T Variety 

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.