10 Expensive And Weird Shows That Vanished Without A Trace

4. The Descent, 2016

The list of filmmakers qualified to chronicle the origins of hip hop in New York in the 70s is not particularly long at first. That certainly doesn’t include New South Wales’ uber-luvvy Baz Luhrmann, whose films are chocolate boxes with too much sugar sprinkled on them.

Netflix first met Lurid Luhrmann halfway through signing a zero to shabby budget of $7.5 million per episode. But that wasn’t enough for Luhrmann, who racked up $120 million delivering the first, and only as it went, season in 2016, which broke the streamer’s record for his most expensive show ever. all time.

By then, the production had been beset by off-screen chaos, including frequent bloodshed in the writers’ room. The Get Down was released in two tracks, with Luhrmann continuing to work on the back half until the deadline. And all for nothing: instead of a rapper’s delight, he’d concocted an indulgent nightmare.

“Compared to what you spent, do people watch it? It’s pretty traditional,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos later said of The Get Down. “When I say that, a big, expensive show for a large audience is great. A big, expensive show for a small audience is hard, even in our model, to make it work for very long.

5. Gypsy, 2017

Netflix had moved from its “order everything in sight” stage and was doing the unthinkable and canceling shows en masse. One of the first casualties was a Naomi Watts stuffy vehicle created by first showrunner Lisa Rubin, with a driver led by Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Watts was paid $275,000 per episode to portray a psychologist “who secretly infiltrates her patients’ private lives” while Billy Crudup was her sad executive husband.

How much Netflix poured into Gypsy is a mystery to this day. But given Watts’ salary and the hiring of Stevie Nicks to re-record his Fleetwood Mac classic, Gypsy, as the theme song, it’s safe to assume the budget wasn’t modest.

“We canceled very few shows,” Netflix founder Reed Hastings told CNN as Gypsy received the chop. “I always push the content team, ‘We need to take more risks, you need to try crazier things. Because we should have a higher overall cancellation rate. »

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