Netflix Apparently Cancelled A Kenya Barris Show But Didn't Tell Fans

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As messages supporting black content and creators continue to spread across the web, one Netflix original has become a popular suggestion on Twitter. Astronomy Club, a sketch comedy show developed by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, has a season available for anyone hoping to watch, but apparently that's all that will appear on the streaming platform.

As the show got more and more mentions on the platform, the official account decided it was time to speak out and set the record straight. Astronomy Club had been cancelled, and will not be back on Netflix for Season 2.

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According the Deadline, only the widespread news of the cancellation was recent. Netflix had kept viewers and inquiring minds in the dark about the fate of Astronomy Club, but it's being said that the cast and crew of the production were told of the cancellation as far back as February. The series had Daniel Powell as its showrunner, who is involved with the beloved sketch comedy Netflix original I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.

Astronomy Club featured an all-black comedy troupe who performed sketches that spoke to the black experience, societal issues, and other things happening in pop culture. Season 1 had its fair share of guest stars, which included Ice Cube, Busy Philipps, and Gillian Jacobs. The show launched in early December, but apparently, was not a strong enough performer for Netflix to hold onto it.

The cancellation has struck a chord with fans, who were disappointed to hear the news. Tweets have been popping up requesting Netflix give the show a Season 2, which is often the case when any show is unexpectedly cancelled by the platform. This time, though, there is certainly a little more passion, as viewers suggest binge-watching (a common tactic by fandoms to encourage renewal) to motivate Netflix to bring Astronomy Club back.

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Kenya Barris, who was signed onto Astronomy Club as an executive producer, has not made a statement regarding the news of the Netflix original's cancellation. It is worth noting that his Instagram profile lists some of the currently-running shows he's involved in, and Astronomy Club is not listed among them. Given the state of current events, it wouldn't be surprising if Barris doesn't make a statement regarding the news, though it could happen in the coming days.

And for viewers upset, it should be noted that we're in a time where the voices of fans seem to be as strong as ever. Cancellations have been retracted on television in recent years, and even cuts of movies no one thought existed have been pushed into development through fan movements. Astronomy Club may be gone for now, but that's not to say it won't return if enough passionate fans rally behind it. That said, there are no guarantees.

Astronomy Club Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix. Continue to stick with CinemaBlend for more updates on the world of streaming, and for the latest news happening in television and movies.

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