What happened with The First? Recently, Channel 4 executive Ian Katz explained why the TV show was cancelled, Variety reports.
Co-produced with Hulu, the drama series centers on the astronaut crew attempting to be the first humans on Mars, as well as the families they’ll leave behind. The cast includes Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, James Ransone, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Melissa George, Brian Lee Franklin, and Oded Fehr.
Hulu and Channel 4 cancelled The First after only one season, but why? At the recent Edinburgh TV Festival, Katz said the series ended because it wasn’t relatable to British audiences:
It was possibly born of a moment where lots of British broadcasters were thinking that the way we can compete in this very challenging drama market is to co-produce with big American broadcasters and streamers. [That] was probably an example of a show where that desire to produce something really glossy got in the way of thinking about what really connected with a British audience.”
What do you think? Did you ever see The First? Would you have watched a second season?