Well Well Well! We are such big fans of this show!! Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series, “The Get Down”, has sadly been given the boot after one season on the air. WTH YO! The series about the origins of hip-hop has been cancelled due to issues behind-the-scenes and lack of viewers. How can that be possible?! They better check in again with Nielsen Media group dag on it!!!
Season one of “The Get Down” premiered in two parts, with the second part debuting on Netflix in April, not raking in many viewers. (WE tuned in, do we count?) The first part of season one that premiered last year drew 3.2 million adults the 18-49 age bracket in a month. Symphony Advanced Media revealed that is one-fifth of the viewers that watched “Orange is the New Black” season four in its first 31 days.
“The Get Down” told the story of the origin of hip-hop with a fictional account; however, there were many rap legends that were consultants for the series. These included Grandmaster Flash, who also appeared on the show. Flash also assisted the actor that played a younger version of him on the show. Hip-hop dance pioneer Willie “Marine Boy” Estrada and graffiti legends John “Crash” Matos and Chris “Daze” Ellis were also involved. Rapper Nas was also a huge part of the series, writing and voicing rhymes for the show’s narrator.
Some fans wrote:
Chimericsoul wrote, “No. This show deserves better. You didn’t advertise it like at all. You [expletive]. Ok. You’re just lame. It can’t end like that.”
And Melrod_4 commented, “This is the last show that should be cancelled. Such a mistake.”
Creator Baz Luhrmann confirmed the news of the cancellation on social media, admitting it’s “unlikely” the show will return.
In a lengthy post, Luhrmann writes:
“I wanted to speak to you with an open heart and just acknowledge how humbled and moved that not only I, but all who have given so much to this production, have been by your passion and commitment to see the next chapter of The Get Down go back into production in the immediate future. I want to explain to you why that is unlikely to happen…
When I was asked to come to the center of The Get Down to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years. This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show. It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience.
All sorts of things have been thrown around for the future… even a stage show (can you imagine that? I can, concert version anyone? Next summer? Just saying.) But the simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life. Since The Get Down stopped, I have actually been spending the last few months preparing my new cinematic work…
The cast of this show is unique and exceptional. Apart from our stellar veteran actors, I can’t tell you how privileged we all felt to have found such young, new talents, many of whom are now starring in motion pictures, creating music, and taking tremendous strides in their careers. Our cast, writers, musical collaborators, choreographers, camera team, directing and post-production teams all felt the profound privilege to have been embraced by the borough of The Bronx and the Hip-Hop community at large. But most especially by the forefathers of Hip-Hop: Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Grandmaster Caz, Kurtis Blow, Raheim and all the b-boys, b-girls, graffiti-writers, MC’s and DJ’s that made this story possible. As well as the keepers of the flame and guiding lights, such as Nas. We experienced things together that I will never forget. All of us in The Get Down family have been touched by this precious mission of telling the pre-history of a form of culture that would go on to change not only the city, but the world.
As for the real future of the show, the spirit of The Get Down, and the story it has begun to tell… it has its own life. One that lives on today and will continue to be told somewhere, somehow, because of you, the fans and the supporters.
Humbled and honored, and to quote Mylene’s beautiful ballad, “I’ll see you on the other-side…”