Netflix decided not to renew the young vampire series “First Kill” for a second season, driving a stake through it. The announcement was announced over two months after the streamer premiered all eight of the first season’s episodes in early June.
According to people with direct knowledge of the situation, Netflix is pleased of the effort that the producers, actors, and crew put into the series, but the choice ultimately came down to cost against viewership.
“First Kill” follows Calliope (Imani Lewis) and Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), two adolescent girls who fell in love but come from rival families: one is a dynasty of vampire hunters, the other a line of bloodsuckers. The film was based on a short tale by horror author V. E. Schwab.
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“First Kill” received mixed reviews from reviewers, who gave the show a 58 percent approval rating on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes. In her review of the programme for Variety, top TV reviewer Caroline Framke voiced her displeasure, calling it “more of a clumsy swing for relevancy than a narrative anybody can truly dig their teeth into.”
But in the weeks since its debut, the show had developed a devoted fan base. Series cast member Goodman thanked the show’s audience in a post announcing the demise.
“I adore each and every one of you unconditionally,” he said. Goodman composed. Thank you for accepting the programme as your own. Knowing that you all felt heard made all the effort and hours worthwhile.