Netflix is following through on their commitment to cutting shows that the company does not believe they think is working, and Girlboss is one of the causalities of Netflix’s new promise.
Sophia Amoruso, the founder of Nasty Gal and the who the show is based on, commented on Instagram via a series of stories about the Netflix’s decision to cancel Girlboss:
“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”
The show was based on Amoruso’s book based on the same name. It centers around a coming-of-age story with Amoruso selling clothes on eBay before turning her passion into a fashion empire.
The story had a great potential to become a hit TV series, but ultimately, Netflix decided to pull the plug because it failed to connect with viewers or critics. As Vulture puts it, “Sophia starts to gain some perspective on what it takes to be your own boss, and to be a decent human. But before she does, you may get so frustrated with her manic-pixie-jackass routine that you just give up and decide to invest your binge-watching business elsewhere.”
This news comes after Netflix canceled Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down, as well as the Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s sci-fi drama Sense8. Earlier this month, Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos explained why the company decided to pull the plug on The Get Down and Sense8. “We couldn’t support those economics. If you put all your money into something that a very few people are watching, eventually you’ll have nothing for people to watch.”