Netflix Is Facing Backlash For Cancelling Another Popular Show

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As the streaming wars rage on, Netflix is working tirelessly to stand out amongst its competitors, Apple and Disney. That means releasing a slew of new original content for fans. Unfortunately, it also means saying goodbye to a few old favorites. To the despair of the Lucy Maud Montgomery hive, Anne with an E is among the list of Netflix originals to get the ax.
Premiering in summer 2018, Canadian drama Anne with an E is an adaptation of Montgomery’s 1908 Anne of Green Gables. The literary classic follows the journey of an 11-year-old orphan named Anne (not Ann, thank you very much) Shirley as she settles into life at Green Gables with her new guardians Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.
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Initially, fans of the books weren't moved by the television series. Anne with an E is the brainchild of Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett and, as a result, the storyline of the Netflix show was surprisingly grim. Mainstream reviews of the series were rough, to say the least, with major outlets such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and TV Guide slamming the remake for its bad vibes. Even in the midst of the criticism, Anne with an E found success in a dedicated group of viewers who quickly took to Amybeth McNulty's charming portrayal of the iconic literary heroine.
Netflix announced that Anne's story would be cut short, with the upcoming third season of the series being its very last. The fandom erupted, taking to Twitter to protest the injustice. #RenewAnneWithAnE started trending on the social media platform with thousands of fans sharing their favorite moments from the show.
The outrage of Netflix's latest sweep isn't a new thing; the streaming giant has gotten backlash for axing other popular series in the past. The Brooklyn-based musical drama The Get Down was canceled after just one season because production costs for the show were reportedly too high. Drew Barrymore's Santa Clarita Diet also trended on Twitter after being canceled after three amazing seasons. Family sitcom One Day at a Time also got the boot after its third season, only to be picked up by Pop TV. And The OA — well, everyone remembers the controversy surrounding its cancellation. Sorry to that fandom.
Still, fan outcry has worked to bring back some beloved originals. After On My Block's underrated first season, its showrunners urged viewers to share their love for the show on Twitter, helping it get not just one, but two more seasons on Netflix.
Fan engagement could ultimately be the thing that keeps Anne on our screens. Tweet on.

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