Steve Carell’s ‘Space Force’ has been canceled after two seasons on Netflix.
The second season of the comedy, which reunited Carell and “The Office” creator Greg Daniels, debuted Feb. 18. Season 2 of “Space Force” picked up with General Mark Naird (Carell) and his underdog team having to prove themselves useful to a new administration while facing interpersonal challenges.
“Space Force” also featured series regulars John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, Diana Silvers, Jimmy O. Yang and Don Lake. Additionally, Lisa Kudrow played Naird’s wife, Maggie Naird, in the show’s first season, which also featured the late Fred Willard as her father.
Daniels and Norm Hiscock served as co-showrunners on “Space Force.” The show was produced by Daniels, Carell, Hiscock, Howard Klein, Brent Forrester and Ken Kwapis.
“Space Force” premiered its 10-episode first season in May 2020. It was cut to seven episodes for season 2.
The show received mixed reviews, with Variety Television critic Caroline Framke writes of its second season: “By humiliating the characters into bigger underdogs than they already were, ‘Space Force’ as a whole both loses its inherent tension and relaxes into as a lower-stakes workplace comedy. The result isn’t half as sleek or ambitious as the original season, but the show at least seems much more comfortable in its own skin. In fact, it almost feels like the opposite of what Daniels and Michael Schur had to do with “Parks and Rec” after its bumpy first season. Instead of ironing out the issues by making its bureaucratic protagonist more competent, “Space Force” saps some of Naird’s power to bring him and his colleagues back to Earth.
While “Space Force” has been dropped by Netflix, the streaming service has other projects in the works from executive producer Daniels, including the animated comedies “Bad Crimes” and “Exploding Kittens.”
Deadline announced the new cancellation of “Space Force” for the first time.