Netflix has cancelled the Steve Carell show Space Force after just two seasons, following the middling reviews received by the show. Created by Carell and The Office showrunner Greg Daniels, the controversial comedy series premiered its second season on February 18th, 2022, despite low viewership.
Featuring Carell, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers and more, the series is a staple Carell dramedy set in a workplace where a ragtag group of dysfunctional people is tasked with setting up the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces.
Focusing on the team’s misadventures, it sees Carell as the boss who is fixated on following the POTUS’ orders to the letter. It is Malkovich’s authoritative and no-nonsense personality that becomes the highlight of the show.
The show was executive-produced by Carell, Daniels, Howard Klein, Jen Jwapis, Brent Forrester and Norm Hiscock.
Following negative reviews directed towards the second season, Netflix has decided to curtail its costs by cancelling the show. The streaming service is going through a pretty rough patch after it lost too many subscribers following a hike in subscription prices and the dwindling content quality. Their stock prices, too, are at an all-time low.
The streamer has now admitted that advertisements might help bring down subscription fees. Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings confirmed the same, saying, “One way to increase the price spread is advertising on low-end plans and to have lower prices with advertising.”
Although Hastings said that he is “against the complexity of advertising and [is] a big fan of the simplicity of subscription,” it seems like he is left with no choice, being “a bigger fan of consumer choice.”
He added, “Allowing consumers who would like to have a lower price and are advertising-tolerant [to] get what they want makes a lot of sense.”
Hastings concluded, “Think of us as quite open to offering even lower prices with advertising as a consumer choice.”
Watch the two seasons of Space Force on Netflix now.