Space Force is being decommissioned by Netflix.
After two critically derided seasons, Netflix has cancelled the Steve Carell comedy from The Office creator Greg Daniels.
The announcement comes after Netflix tried a creative makeover of the costly comedy in its second season, relocating production from Los Angeles to Vancouver in an attempt to cut costs. Along with Daniels, a co-showrunner was hired in the hopes of expanding the series’ creative potential, similar to how Carell and Daniels’ The Office did over its tenure.
However, this was not the case, and season two received mixed reviews.
Space Force was co-created by Carell and his former The Office showrunner Daniels, and was inspired by former President Trump’s order to establish the Space Force as the sixth military branch. Space Force, which was picked up straight to series in January 2019, set a record for talent pay at the time, as Carell’s deal for the series reached $1 million per episode when fees for co-creating, executive producing, and performing were factored in.
After hearing Carell was ready to return to series-regular television, Netflix aggressively pursued Space Force. With The Office formerly ranking as one of Netflix’s most watched acquired series — sources say it often drew more viewers than some of its originals — the streamer aggressively pursued Space Force after hearing Carell was ready to return to series-regular television. The show was not sold to anyone else. Last year, The Office moved from Netflix to Peacock.
The 10-episode comedy premiered on May 29 amid considerable anticipation, as it was the first time Carell and Daniels had worked together since the mega-hit The Office. According to aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the series received a 38 percent rating in season one. In his review for THR, chief TV reviewer Daniel Fienberg dubbed the series “a rocky launch.” Viewers, on the other hand, were more generous (75 percent on RT). Season two, according to THR TV critic Angie Han, is “better than the previous season, but still not very good.”