Netflix has a reputation for green-lighting a lot. They also have a reputation for supporting their creatives and not interfering to the degree that some studios do. However that creative freedom and willingness to experiment does have a flip-side. When they decide to wield the axe, it’s decisive. No sweeps, no shows on the bubble, no second guessing Nielsen ratings. They have the data and if you don’t make the cut, you are gone!
This lesson has just be learned by the Hilary Swank-led space drama series Away. Just a single season was made and barely weeks have passed since it hit the streaming platform. Now it’s not coming back for a second season.
Swank played American astronaut Emma Green who is commanding an international crew on the very first Mars mission. She has to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) just as the family faces challenges and needs her most as a mother and wife. Inter-crew dynamics, distance and time away from their families complicates relationships on board and at home.
The show scored mixed reviews and started strongly in the ratings but clearly must have fallen away.