first kill‘s showrunner has claimed that Netflix reduced the teen vampire drama to a lesbian love story in its marketing before it was cancelled.
On Tuesday (2 August), it was announced that Netflix’s LGBTQ+ teen vampire drama had been canceled after just one series.
The news shocked fans, who questioned why first kill didn’t come back, despite racking up more than 100 million hours of views in its first few weeks and garnering a strong following.
Speaking about the show’s cancellation in a new interview, showrunner Felicia D. Henderson said she was “very disappointed” with the news that the show had been canceled.
“I signed up for this show so enthusiastically [because] It has something for everyone – strong female leads, supernatural intrigue, an epic Shakespearean skirmish between feuding families and a prominent black family in the genre space, something black viewers crave and a general audience needs to be treated to,” he said you The daily beast.
Henderson also claimed that Netflix didn’t market all of these aspects of the show and simply sold it as a lesbian love story.
A source close to the production previously said The daily beast that other storylines in the ad were “downplayed in favor of photos of the two main characters making out.”
Henderson said that while the art was “beautiful” for the initial marketing, the show wasn’t explored to its full depth in advertising.
“I think I expected that this would be the beginning and that the other equally compelling and important elements of the show – monster versus monster slayer, the battle between two powerful matriarchs, etc. – would eventually be promoted, and that didn’t happen. ” She said.
The Independent reached out to Netflix for comment.
first kill starred Imani Lewis, Sarah Catherine Hook and Lost Star Elizabeth Mitchell and followed the love story between the vampire Juliette and the vampire slayer Calliope.
The decision to cancel the series was reportedly “a matter of viewership versus cost.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/first-kill-cancelled-netflix-marketing-lesbian-b2138867.html First Kill showrunner says Netflix has pared the show down to a lesbian love story in marketing as fans criticize the cancellation