Netflix Cancels High School Apocalypse Dramedy ‘Daybreak’ After One Season
Night falls on ‘Daybreak‘, as Netflix decides cancels the high school apocalypse dramedy after one season.
Based on the graphic novel by Brian Ralph, the series followed 17-year-old high school outcast, Josh, as he searched for his missing girlfriend, Sam, in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a pyromaniac 12-year-old Angelica and Josh’s former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist samurai, Josh tried to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else the brave new world threw at him.
“We learned last week that Daybreak will not be returning for a second season,” wrote series co-creator Aron Coleite in a social media post. “We’re so sorry we couldn’t share it with you sooner but also grateful that we got to hang out in these last few live-tweet sessions with all of you. Thank you for picking up what we put down, for running with it in all of your amazing, weird, monstrous ways and for being such an important part of this show and our experience making it… No one is as heartbroken as we are that we can’t share more of this ride with you. But we’re so grateful to have gotten to bring it this far.”
Even by Netflix standards, the gap between the series launch in October and cancellation in December is a pretty fast turn around. Whilst we never really have reliable viewing numbers from Netflix, it would be safe to assume that the series Just did not manage to find a big enough audience for the streaming service to justify a second season. Whether that is due to it just not capturing the audience’s imagination, or whether it just failed to break through the huge amount of original shows out there is not clear.
‘Daybreak’ starred Colin Ford (‘Captain Marvel’, ‘We Bought A Zoo’), Sophie Simnett (‘Poldark’, ‘Endeavor’), Alyvia Alyn Lind (‘Coat of Many Colors’, ‘Young and the Restless’), Austin Crute (‘Booksmart’, ‘Atlanta’), Gregory Kasyan (‘Quest’, ‘The Brave’), Krysta Rodriguez (‘Trial & Error’, ‘Smash’), Cody Kearsley (‘Riverdale’, ‘Spiral’), Jeante Godlock (‘The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar’) and Matthew Broderick.
The show was co-created by Aron Eli Coleite (‘Locke & Key’, ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘Heroes’) who served as showrunner and Brad Peyton (‘Frontier’, ‘Rampage’) who directed the series. Coleite and Peyton exec produced alongside Jeff Fierson (‘Frontier’, ‘Rampage’) through ASAP Entertainment.
The one and only season of ‘Daybreak‘ can be found on Netflix UK and worldwide.
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