Another day, another Netflix cancellation as the streaming giant axes yet another show.
This time, Netflix has decided to cancel Pretty Smart, a new comedy that was helmed by Emily Osment, who younger readers might know for her role as Miley Cyrus’ sidekick on Disney Channel’s megafranchise Hannah Montana.
The show premiered in October 2021 and starred Osment as Chelsea, an aspiring Harvard-educated author of rather high standards, who after being unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend is forced to move in with her sister Claire and her three roommates.
While Chelsea is refined and loves the finer things in life, Claire and her friends are more carefree and eccentric. Naturally, hilarity ensues. Or at least he did.
Pretty Smart joins Raising Dion in being canceled by the streaming service this week. This is unlikely to be Netflix’s final programming cull, as the streamer is reeling from the news that it has lost 200,000 subscribers since the start of 2022.
The decline led to a $50 billion drop in the company’s value and was accompanied by news that Netflix had reassessed many of its projects in development, with the streamer’s animated projects taking a particularly hard hit.
Reports of the show‘s cancellation point to Osment’s new promotion to a regular season on The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon, which has already been renewed for seasons six and seven after five at the antenna, as one of the reasons why the decision was made.
However, the show’s first and now only season had ended on a cliffhanger, so the writers and production team were clearly planning for the future one way or another…
Netflix must be running out of shows to cancel at this point…
No. A quick glance at Netflix’s current list of original shows and you’ll see the word “on hold” next to a show more than 200 times.
On Hold is essentially Netflix’s purgatory, shows waiting to find out if they’ll be saved for another broadcast or not. Netflix big names like Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and Emily In Paris are locked for later airing, but some high-profile shows like Pieces Of Her, Russian Doll, and In From The Cold are still awaiting their fate.
Will they enjoy a second round? Or will they join Archive 81, The Baby-Sitters Club and Raising Dion to be part of the Netflix showdown? We will have to wait and see.