‘Away’ Goes Away – Hilary Swank Space Drama Cancelled By Netflix After One Season
Hilary Swank’s mission to Mars has just radioed “Houston, we have a problem”, as Netflix cancels space drama ‘Away‘ after one season.
‘Away’ starred Swank as American astronaut Emma Green as she led an international crew on the first mission to Mars, reconciling her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles – ‘The Loudest Voice’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman – ‘Annabelle: Creation’, ‘Love, Simon’) when they need her the most. As the crew’s journey into space intensified, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth became increasingly complex.
The series also starred Ray Panthaki (‘Gangs of London’, ‘Marcella’, ‘Colette’), Mark Ivanir (‘The New Pope’, ‘Barry’), Ato Essandoh (‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Chicago Med’), Vivian Wu (‘The Best Partner’, ‘Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace’), and Monique Curnen (‘Power’, ‘The Following’).
As with most Netflix shows, we don’t have exact viewing figures, but the cancellation likely comes from a calculation of series cost vs watching eyeballs. As you can imagine, a show which is set in space and on Mars probably isn’t the cheapest drama to shoot! US viewer-tracking company Nielsen, which give some idea of viewing figures, did have the drama in it’s top ten for a few weeks post-launch, peaking at No. 2, but it seems that wasn’t enough to save it.
‘Away’ is the latest in a list of shows to taste the blade of Netflix’s hatchet this year, including ‘Altered Carbon’, ‘GLOW’, ‘The Society’, ‘ Am Not Okay With This’, ‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’, and ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’. It’s not all bad news though, they have also renewed a number of series including ‘Cobra Kai’, ‘Outer Banks’, ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’, ‘The Last Kingdom’, ‘Warrior Nun’, and ‘Biohackers’. There are still a number of Netflix series whose fates are, as yet, undetermined, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
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