It’s been a terrible year for axed shows on Netflix, with fans devastated at the news that I Am Not Okay With This would be leaving the streaming service after only one season. 2020 will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic halted the world. But binge watchers will recall this year for COVID-19 destroying the entertainment industry. I Am Not Okay With This creator Johnathan Entwistle recently spoke about why the series was cancelled. And it seems the pandemic wasn’t the only reason for the fan favorite to leave the platform…
The teen drama only hit Netflix in February. The show followed Sydney, played by IT’s Sophia Lillis, as she deals with being a typical teenager, but with a hidden superpower. Fans thoroughly enjoyed the series, calling for more episodes. But by August, news hit that there wouldn’t be another season, even after THAT cliffhanger. Entwistle recently spoke to Insider to clarify some things..
The creator said this:
“There was obviously the impending writers’ strike, which was definitely a huge thing at Netflix. We were working almost week to week, not knowing how long it was going to last before somebody pulled the trigger on something that would have an effect on us .When the pandemic hit, we moved out of the office and there was definitely a shift within Netflix. We finished the scripts, and it was hard work in the Zoom-writer’s-room. No writer tells you those things are good. It’s not good”.
Entwistle continued to explain that although the pandemic had a huge impact on the show, there were other problems that stemmed from it. “We just realised that to Covid-proof the show was going to cost a lot more money. I do think when they were looking at all the finances, the show was more expensive than they figured it was worth doing”. Netflix had to decide whether another series would be worth the investment. Like with other shows, sometimes it’s. Time to say goodbye if the audience size is not worth the expenditure.
To add to the pain of losing the show, the creator also suggested that he wanted to re-cut the final episode of I Am Not Okay With This. Many were left disappointed because of how it ended, but Entwistle’s request was denied. Looks like we are going to have to cope with all these unanswered questions!