Netflix is done with “The Get Down,” canceling Baz Lurhmann’s expensive and heavily hyped series after a single 11-episode season.
That season was set to be 13 episodes, but the final number came in two less than that. The season was split in two parts, with the first six episodes debuting in August 2016 and the remaining five released in April. Deadline first reported the news of the cancellation.
The show is a rare one-and-done series for Netflix. The streaming service has released 17 original dramas in the past five years (not counting limited series “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”), and “The Get Down” is the first not to get a second season (Netflix hasn’t made a decision yet on “Iron Fist”).
Luhrmann created and executive produced the show, which was reportedly among the more expensive TV shows ever made. Its budget was reported to be as high as $120 million (a figure Luhrmann disputed in interviews), and it had a complex production that included multiple musical and dance sequences.
The show chronicled 1970s New York and the explosion of hip hop and disco in the South Bronx, focusing on a group of kids with music-business dreams.
Luhrmann’s commitment to direct a movie also played a hand in “The Get Down’s” cancellation. Luhrmann writes on Facebook, “When I was asked to come to the center of The Get Down to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years. This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show. It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience.”
“The Get Down” joins these shows that have been canceled in 2016-17.