The streaming service has been abundantly clear that it wants to spend less money on original programs, and the cancellations of expensive programs like Sense8, The Get Down, and Bloodline. However, Girlboss wasn't nearly as expensive as those other programs. In fact, it seemed more along the lines of success stories like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black.
Girlboss was also fueled by plenty of hype over social media. According to insights from Decider.com, the series generated more buzz than Kimmy Schmidt and Santa Clarita Diet - both of which were renewed.
So, why the cancellation? Let's break it down.
Girlboss Followed A Formula
On the surface, Girlboss seemed like a safe bet for Netflix. In fact, it shared a lot in common with some of the service's most popular productions.
The series wasn't too extravagant, or over-the-top. Like Master of None and Love, Girlboss focused time and energy into the characters and story of the show. Smart drama was the driving force.
Netflix also had a history of renewing shows just like Girlboss. Despite underwhelming reviews, the streaming service had renewed programs like Flaked, Real Rob, and Fuller House. All-in-all, there have been around 20 low-budget comedies renewed at Netflix ahead of Girlboss.
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Innovation Is Key
As of late, Netflix has been trying to push the envelope when it comes to original content.
CEO Reed Hastings recently told CNBC that the company needed to take more risks with its original programming.
"I'm always trying to push the content team," he said. "We have to take more risks. You have to try more crazy things because we should have a higher cancel rate overall."
Some of the recent projects from the streaming service seem to echo this thought process. 13 Reasons Why has become a controversial hit on social media, while Okja - a film about a giant pig - is one of the sleeper movies of the summer.
Netflix wants to become the source of truly original programs, and Girlboss just wasn't original enough to keep up.
Shows like Girlboss and Sense8 might be cancelled, but Netflix has a massive slate of titles being added in the next month.
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The Originals: Season 4
Disney's The Mighty Ducks
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
El Barco: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars
Deep Water: Season 1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Offspring: Season 6
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Spice Up: Season 1
World at Your Feet: Season 1
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Out of Thin Air
Witnesses: Season 2
The Longest Yard
Jackass: Number Two
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
Spawn: The Movie
Code Name: The Cleaner
The Astronaut Farmer
Best in Show
Proof of Life
El Chema: Season 1
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story
The Standups: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
iZombie: Season 3
Speech & Debate
Castlevania: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)
Bad Santa 2
Coming July 9-31
Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha
Friends From College: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
To the Bone--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chasing Coral--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
A Cowgirl's Story
Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7B
Ozark: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Last Chance U: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Worst Witch: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Incredible Jessica James--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Daughters of Destiny: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
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American Pie Presents: Band Camp
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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
An Unmarried Woman
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Ghost Whisperer: Seasons 1 - 5
Futurama: Season 6
Day of the Kamikaze
Mystery Files: Hitler
Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci
Nazi Temple of Doom
The Hunt for Bin Laden
The Incredible Bionic Man
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Secrets: A Viking Map?
Secrets: Richard III Revealed
Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission
Titanic's Final Mystery
America's Secret D-Day Disaster
Blondie's New York
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American Pie Presents: Beta House
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
While You Were Sleeping
Kate & Leopold
The Last Samurai
Two Weeks Notice
Los Heroes del Norte: Seasons 1 - 2
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In the Basement
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
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