The Last Man Was Suddenly Canceled – The Hollywood Reporter

It took 14 years to bring in Brian K. Vaughan Y: The last man on the screen. And now that the show has finally aired — after a major reboot, a change in show and even a move to a new platform — FX is on Hulu all of a sudden. canceled Sunday’s drama, after airing only seven of the 10 planned episodes.

FX, the primary cable network that CEO John Landgrave oversees, rarely cancels its written content and instead tends to announce the final seasons of its originals. It’s also rare for the network, which became part of the Disney fold a few years ago, to drop the ax at still-running shows as creator-friendly executives instead choose to wait to collect data for things like late-show and digital revenue. But strangely enough, that wasn’t what happened Y: the last man, Which will not conclude its new season until the 1st of November.

so what happened?

The sources say The Hollywood Reporter FX executives had to make a decision about the future of the series by October 15, which is the date when the choices were up to the cast Y: TLM Expired. FX, which land property rights To IP in 2015, he chose the drama even Pilot In April 2018, three months later, spit Barry Keoghan and Diane Lane in the lead roles. FX Command And to string In February 2019.

However, production failed to start immediately like FX in April 2019 separate ways With original models Michael Green (who was hired in late 2016) and Jessica Jones Alum Aida Krawal (who joined during the pilot). Krual and green Quote Creative differences as the reason for their departure at the time. Green Stadium, Vaughan polite to THR In late 2017, he discovered toxic masculinity. Eliza Clark (Animal Kingdom, Murder) exploited as a show maker in June 2019 as FX was hoping to get the series back on track.

Instead, further delays followed as word came in February 2020 Dunkirk The breakthrough was Keogan – who was about to star as the last man on earth – Yurik Re. Ben Schnitzer (cans, pride) Lead the cast at the end of the same month. Days later, the COVID-19 pandemic caused another delay, albeit unplanned, during which And I was he moved From a linear launch on FX to their hub at Disney-owned Hulu where live streaming has taken center stage across the industry.

Production started And – Including on the new pilot – will not officially Started Until late October 2020, years after Lynn and co-stars Amber Tamblyn and Marin Ireland signed on. Other original stars of the Green and Croal pilot were recast, including Lashana Lynch and Imogen Poots, with the series recruiting Ashley Romance, Olivia Thirlby and Elliot Fletcher.

Due to delays during rendering and changes made, FX had to extend the options over the original And Stars, including Lynn. And due to the pandemic-related production shutdown, also push to expand the choices of Schnetzer and other new cast members. These cast extensions were added despite the fact that the production fell short of its $8.5 million per episode budget. Clarke pitched a possible second season to forex executives in late September, after four of his 10 episodes aired on cabler’s Hulu Center and long afterwards. Reviews for the published series. (And It currently has a rating of 73 percent with critics and 67 percent with viewers on RottenTomatoes.com.)

In the end, Forex Brass refused to pay $3 million to expand options in the market And They are cast as execs who don’t want to leave their staff in limbo again. The decision to cancel was, according to sources, not based on viewership numbers because Hulu, like other streamers, does not publish traditional ratings data. This means that FX has little or no data to rate the series, including how it has performed in its entirety over a certain time frame, etc. While sources report a dip among viewers on FX on Hulu, it’s worth noting that mid-series drops aren’t uncommon as viewers have turned to binge-watching entire seasons of a show.

One of the sources for the timing of the cancellation decision notes that “without COVID, the show would have been at a different hour.”

The question now becomes whether producers including Clark and Nina Jacobson (isolation) – both working for FX Productions with extensive deals – could successfully find a new home for their series around gender identity. FX Productions directly owns the series and, according to sources, is supporting the producers’ plans to market the show even though the studio has never focused on being a content resource for external networks/platforms.

Sources say HBO Max will likely be the target house for a possible second season of the series as the parent company, WarnerMedia, also owns DC Comics, which has published its imprint, Vertigo, Y: TLM Comedy series from 2002 to 2008. WarnerMedia’s New Line previously owned the rights to the Vaughan comic series and made two attempts to adapt it as a feature film. The first shot of David Goyer, Karl Ellsworth and director DJ Caruso collapsed when the studio rejected the idea of ​​an adaptation. And As a franchise of three films. rights And He returned to Vaughan in 2014, killing a 2012 film attempt.

Vaughan admitted in September to interview With Top 5 TV Shows That his source material turned out to be a “difficult subject” and stressed that the property could only work on television.

Should a suitor appear to the series, FX Productions will face the decision to sell the library rights to the first season as well as transfer ownership of the series or become a third-party content provider — something that under Disney is considered out of reach given Disney’s push for vertical integration. (FX declined to comment on the cancellation as well as on this story.)

Meanwhile, Clark has high hopes for the series and told him Top 5 TV Shows that you imagined And As a five-season series consisting of 50 episodes. “Never in my life have I been more committed to the story, and there is still so much to tell,” Clark said books Sunday. “Y: The last man It is about gender, about how repressive regimes are informed of identity. We had a diverse, gendered team of great artists, led by women in nearly every corner of our production. Producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, production design, costume design, stunt coordination, and more. It’s the most collaborative, creative and beautiful thing I’ve ever been a part of. We don’t want it to end.”

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