First Kill creator blames Netflix marketing for show’s cancellation

“First Kill” showrunner Felicia D. Henderson held Netflix responsible while speaking to The Daily Beast about the streamer’s decision to cancel its lesbian series about teenage vampires after just one season. Netflix announced the cancellation on August 2, nearly two months after the eight-episode first season debuted. Sources said Variety that Netflix axed the series because its low viewership didn’t justify the price of making a second season.

“When I got the call to tell me they weren’t renewing the show because the completion rate wasn’t high enough, of course I was very disappointed,” Henderson said. “What showrunner wouldn’t be?” I was told a few weeks ago that they were hoping for completion to get higher. I suppose not.

According to Henderson, Netflix’s marketing for “First Kill” wasn’t exactly ideal. She explained, “The initial marketing art was beautiful. I think I expected this to be the beginning and for the other equally compelling and important elements of the series – monsters vs. monster hunters, the battle between two powerful matriarchs, etc. – eventually get promoted, and that didn’t happen. ”

However, Henderson still tipped his hat to Netflix because “they licensed the IP, paid for a pilot script, and gave it a healthy production budget.”

“The creative team was a great support when we were shooting the show in difficult conditions – before there were ‘vaccines for all’ in Atlanta, a very crowded production facility,” added the showrunner.

“First Kill” quickly gained a passionate following on social media and, as Henderson noted, “The show is awesome and we were in the top five globally and nationally for three of the first four weeks. ‘hope [we’d get a second season].”

“I signed on with such enthusiasm for this show [because] it has something for everyone – strong women, supernatural storylines, an epic, Shakespearian battle between warring families and a black family prominent in the gender space, something black viewers crave and a general audience should be addressed,” Henderson concluded. .

The first and only season of “First Kill” is now streaming on Netflix.

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