Netflix has called it quits for ‘Girlboss’, the web series based on the life of times of Sophia Amoruso, the self-made entrepreneur whose life was also basis for the book by the same name. Netflix has cancelled the second season for the series, along with a number of other high profile web series, including The Get Down.
There are, of course, comments on why ‘Girlboss’ got cancelled along with data. To begin with, the show was slammed by reviewers, it got a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Then again, Sophia Amoruso put up a cryptic tweet saying that she finds it difficult to live her life as a caricuature and that she’d like more control on the narrative from here on. What that means is anyone’s guess.
Netflix, on the other hand has cited purely financial reasons for the cancellation of the series. They said that producing a big budget show for a small audience doesn’t work out for them.
That should be a cause of concern for everyone who’s deciding to make the next ‘women-centric’ web film or web series. The cancellation proves that it is not going to be easy to piggy back on a ‘immensely important social message of women’s lib’ unless it’s a great, great show.
In the past month, Netflix has cancelled three comedy series, including the other women-centric, if weirdly story-lined Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was fun to watch and a joy to experience, but even the most hardened fan would agree that the story was spreading thin even by the end of the first season.