EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has chosen not to renew the comedy series from Greg Daniels and Steve Carell space force for a third season.
The decision for the series, which starred John Malkovich and Ben Schwartz alongside Carell, comes two and a half months after season 2 was released on February 18. Streaming Originals Nielsen charts, debuting at No. 8 and rising to No. 7 the following week. It also had a short presence on Netflix’s Daily Top 10 rankings, peaking around No. 5 after Season 1 had a long stay at No. 1.
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Viewership (as well as critical acclaim) versus cost is a key factor in Netflix’s selection decisions, so for an expensive show like space force, the bar for grade renewal is high. The streamer also recently canceled Raising Dionreleased around the same time as space force and ranked a spot or two higher in the Nielsen Originals chart.
space force was born with many promises, bringing together OfficeDaniels, developer/executive producer, and star Carell. Clearly influenced by the creation of the Space Force by the Trump administration, the show revolved around a group of people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the United States armed forces, the Space Force. He assembled a top-notch class that included Carell, Malkovich, Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, Dianna Silvers, Don Lake, and Jimmy O. Yang.
Season 2 picked up with General Naird (Carell) and his underdog team having to prove their worth to a new administration while facing interpersonal challenges.
Daniels remains in business with Netflix, where he is working on other projects including animated comedies Bad Crimes and Explosive kittens.
Comedy has been harder to crack than drama for Netflix – as well as other streamers – with imports Cobra Kai and Emily in Paris as well as The Upshaws, Grace and Frankie, Dead to Me, Never Have I Ever and Russian Doll; the anime Big mouth and cult performer I think you should go with Tim Robinson among its strongest/most acclaimed current shows.
Coming soon are That 90s Show, Blockbuster, The Pentaverate (Mike Myers) Unstable (Rob Lowe,) The survival of the thickest (Michelle Buteau) and Decoupled (Darren Star, Neil Patrick Harris).
space force was co-created by Carell and Greg Daniels, who served as co-showrunner with Norm Hiscock. Daniels and Hiscock’s management produced with Carell, Howard Klein, Brent Forrester and Ken Kwapis.