Despite a stellar cast, including Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline never caught on with viewers. I assume. It’s hard to tell what is and isn’t doing well on Netflix, because the streaming service infamously doesn’t release its ratings. But the Florida-based drama couldn’t have been doing too well: It was canceled today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix notified Sony that the upcoming season, set for 2017, would be the show’s final outing on the platform. The streamer also cut the episode order from 13 episodes to 10, and slashed licensing fees on the show.”
The axing likely had as much to do with poor performance as it did economics. The Sunshine State recently trimmed its “entertainment tax incentives program,” which Bloodline benefitted from, making it unlikely another network will give it a new home. (It’s not as if the show can suddenly move to Vancouver; it’s almost as if Florida is another character.)
Interestingly, Bloodline — which is nominated for two Emmys (awk-ward) — is only the third show to ever be canceled by Netflix, the other two being Hemlock Grove and Lilyhammer. That’s not good news for the “pending” Marco Polo. But now that Netflix has a taste for blood, who knows what they’ll do?
(Probably pick up another Marvel show. That works well for them.)
(Via the Hollywood Reporter)