Netflix dystopian teen drama The Society has been cancelled, despite an earlier renewal for a second season.
Starring Kathryn Newton and Aussie Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper, Never Tear Us Apart, Neighbours), the series centred around a group of teenagers mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their town.
Also cancelled is I Am Not Okay With This, followed a teenage girl with mysterious powers. It starred Sophia Lillis, Wyat Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Aidan Wojtak-Hissong, Richard Ellis, and Kathleen Rose Perkins.
Variety reports both were axed due to the uncertainty around when they could begin production in the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic also led to added budget increases for health and safety reasons. The Society also featured a large ensemble cast, thus making scheduling more difficult.
“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID, and we are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This; Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and Pavlina Hatoupis for The Society; and all the writers, casts and crews who worked tirelessly to make these shows for our members around the world.”