Saturday 19 August 2017

Netflix cancels Girlboss after just one season

Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in Netflix's Girlboss
Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in Netflix's Girlboss
Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in Netflix's Girlboss
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Netflix has cancelled Girlboss on Netflix after just one season.

The divisive series starring newcomer Britt Robertson as Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso was largely slated with bad reviews after its April release and it was marred by the fact that the real-life brand filed for bankruptcy last November.

The story follows Robertson as a spoiled, self-absorbed and rebellious young woman who can't quite figure out what to do with her life, so she starts by re-purposing and then re-selling vintage clothes on eBay back in 2006, when she was 22 years old. And so a clothing empire was born.

At 28, the business was worth millions and now at 33, Nasty Gal has closed the doors of all its stores in the US and its website.

As for Amoruso's onscreen portrayal, the show is prefaced with the fact that it's a "loose re-telling of events...very loose".

The businesswoman confirmed the cancellation on Instagram, saying: "So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months.

Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in Netflix's Girlboss
Britt Robertson as Sophia Amoruso in Netflix's Girlboss

"Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned."

As Netflix continues to increase its output of original programming, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said, like most networks, it's a numbers game -while The Crown and House of Cards are smash hits, but The Get Down and Sense8 have both been scrapped next season.

"Relative to what you spent, are people watching it? That is pretty traditional. When I say that, a big expensive show for a huge audience is great. A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long," he said.

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