Last week Netflix announced that they are going to cancel the show ‘The Society’, explained that they can’t take this anymore. In the statement, the officials of the streaming platforms mentioned, “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID.” Along with ‘The Society’, Netflix also canceled the show “I Am Not Okay With This” last week.
On Monday, the creator of the show Christopher Keyser opens up about the situation and told Variety, “We spent the last bunch of months getting ready to go back again, dealing with all the COVID protocols.”
He added, “And then I got a call from Netflix saying, ‘We have made this decision.’ It was obviously pretty upsetting and abrupt.” Keyser, whose credits include co-creating “Party of Five,” said he and co-executive producer Pavlina Hatoupis spent the rest of Thursday and Friday calling the cast and crew preparing them before the news broke.
According to Keyser, “The Society,” which filmed on sets in Devens, Mass., and on location in surrounding towns, the show was ready to begin shooting its second season in March, when all production shut down.
When conversations began about how to produce television again, “We were dealing with Netflix and the rise in the budget and all of that kind of stuff,” Keyser said. “There were ongoing conversations — we knew that there were challenges for this.”
Another issue was that the show’s action left off in December, but season 2, Keyser said, “was meant to be shot mostly in the summer — but we were heading back into fall and winter. And then they made the decision that it was too much. That’s, I guess, how it goes.”
“I can’t pretend I’m surprised,” he continued. “I know we had many months of conversations about the challenges of producing in this environment.”
It was noted that The Society’s first season, about a group of people flung into a parallel universe where only they exist, began to unintentionally resonate with the way American politics went following the outbreak of COVID-19.
Had there been a season two, Keyser added that the show definitely would have reflected that a lot more, stating: “It would have been on point.”