Another one bites the dust. Netflix has reportedly cancelled the romantic drama Sex/Life barely a month after premiering season two on the streaming platform.
A Netflix spokesperson told Deadline that the second season had wrapped up storylines for key characters with a happy conclusion and the series coming to a "natural close". The streamer also added that it was proud of the work done by the producers, cast and crew.
Inspired by the novel 44 Chapters About 4 Men, Sex/Life stars Sarah Shahi as Billie Mann Connely, a former Columbia University psychology PhD candidate, mother of two and housewife who gets involved in a love triangle. It originally debuted on Netflix from creator Stacey Rukeuser in June 2023 before then returning for a second season in March 2023. Rumours of a cancellation started to spread online once Shahi detailed her struggles on the latest season.
"I definitely did not have the support that I did the first season,” said Shahi (via the Not Skinny But Not Fat Podcast). "It became a much different thing for me, and I’m not afraid to say that. I struggled with the material – I mean, I’m never going to work for Netflix again now after saying all this. I just can’t lie. And it was definitely a challenge"
She later added her desire to keep playing the role: “If I could be Billie Mann for five seasons, I would... I feel her struggle so much in life, and it’s like therapy for me to play Billie."
T3 has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Shahi was most recently seen as Adrianna Tomaz in the DC superhero movie Black Adam. Though the latter disappointed at the box office, the actor appears to be keeping busy, being cast in the lead role in a new ABC pilot, Judgement. The drama is being headed up by former Charmed showrunner Joey Falco and 20th Television.
Meanwhile, there have been over half a dozen Netflix cancellations in 2023 so far, with children's TV show Ridley Jones and crime mystery drama Young Wallander both axed in March alone. Netflix also cancelled a new Scarlett Johansson movie from the director of The Holiday last month too, so clearly nothing is safe.
Sex/Life stars Sarah Shahi, Mike Vogel, Margaret Odette, Adam Demos, Cleo Anthony and Darius Homayoung. All 14 episodes spanning the first and second seasons can be streamed on Netflix now.