It feels like there’s no end to the amount of shows Netflix is willing to cancel.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the decision, unsurprisingly, comes down to Netflix’s analyses of “viewership versus cost.” The show reportedly did well in its first week, although numbers clearly didn’t reach the heights Netflix was looking for in the month that followed. Reviews for the series were mixed – an audience score of 6.6 on IMDb and a critical score of 59% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Away was created by Andrew Hinderaker (staff writer on Penny Dreadful) and had Swank playing an American astronaut in charge of an international crew – including members from Russia, China, India, and Great Britain – on the first manned expedition to Mars. As the crew’s journey into space intensified, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth became increasingly complex.
Swank was also attached as executive producer, alongside Matt Reeves, Edward Zwick, showrunner Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims, Adam Kassan and Jeni Mulein.
A few of the other Netflix cancellations this year: GLOW, Altered Carbon, The Society and I Am Not Okay with This, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, Messiah, V-Wars and October Faction.