Why wereThe First and I Love You, America cancelled? Recently, Hulu boss Craig Erwich addressed the streaming service’s decision to end the two TV shows, Deadline reports.
Earlier this year, Hulu cancelled I Love You, America after only two seasons. Hosted by Sarah Silverman, the show tackles current events and features conversations with people of differing beliefs. Guests have included Patton Oswalt, Roxane Gay, DeRay Mckesson, and Mary Gauthier.
Meanwhile, The First centers on the astronaut crew attempting to be the first humans on Mars. The cast includes Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, and James Ransone. Hulu cancelled the drama after one season.
During this year’s winter TCA press conference, Hulu chief Craig Erwich explained why the streaming service cancelled the two freshman series, saying:
We’re proud of what Sarah Silverman did on I Love You, America. What she set about to do was very difficult: She was trying to thread a needle and find a balance on both sides of the political conversation, which is really not something you see a lot in that genre. I think the show grew creatively between Season 1 and Season 2. It didn’t acquire a large enough audience despite the critical acclaim.”
And what about The First? Erwich said:
We are really proud of The First and Sean Penn’s performance. What Beau set out to do was very ambitious, a show about people taking on the adventure of going to Mars but not the actual adventure. Unfortunately, the audience did not materialize.”
What do you think? Have you seen The First and/or I Love You, America? Do you think they deserved another chance?