Hulu seems to have shocked almost everyone by canceling Restartthe latest series of Modern family creator Steve Levitan – and so are the cast. In the days since the streamer announced they wouldn’t be filming another season of the acclaimed series, stars Johnny Knoxville and Rachel Bloom have come forward to address the move. It’s worth noting that Levitan and 20th Television are presenting the series to others, so it could be resurrected somewhere other than Hulu, but for now the cast has to assume the series is really over.
That said, Rachel Bloom – whose Crazy ex girlfriend was a big hit for The CW around the same time Levitan was blowing people away Modern family — says they are definitely looking for a new home. She said The Hollywood Reporter that even though they kind of saw it coming, it’s still a shock.
“The notebook hung on the wall for a while because we didn’t hear anything,” Bloom told THR. “I’m confused, people seemed to watch it in my world. They don’t release numbers, so I’m not sure how statistics work.”
She continued: “Hope we can sell it to a new place, I think it’s a fantastic show. I’ve said from the start that if I saw this show I’d want to be there, and I’d be the envy of everyone .” who was on. So I still can’t believe that I have to insist, that I can insist. The cast is so damn fantastic. I don’t know, I don’t understand the market. “
The market is admittedly difficult to understand. For years, most streaming services ran at a loss, and their owners understood that they were a good long-term investment, as streaming is seen as the future of TV and film. With the post-pandemic economic downturn, streaming services are doing everything they can to become more profitable in the short term, from canceling expensive shows to discontinuing content they believe is too expensive to store on their servers.
In 2022, Warner Bros. shocked. Discovery everyone by canceling a number of high-profile projects, including bat girl and Scoob: Holidays, despite the fact that they were already almost completed. Writing up tens of millions of dollars in losses, WB drew a lot of criticism from the public and creatives alike…
In Restart, Hulu reboots an early 2000s sitcom and forces the dysfunctional cast back together. Now they must deal with their unresolved problems in today’s rapidly changing world.
The series stars Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville, Paul Reiser, Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy and Krista Marie Yu.
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