Netflix, once famous for its tendency to greenlight just about everything, canned sizable comedy property before it had a chance to see the light of day.
Titled Bad Crimes, the show is described by Variety (opens in new tab) as a “procedural dark comedy following Kara (Nicole Byer) and Jennie (Lauren Lapkus), two FBI agents who travel the country to solve grisly crimes while juggling their friendship, career ambitions, and as many men as possible.”
Lauren Lapkus has appeared in Big Bang Theory and Jurassic World, while Nicole Byer has appeared in Brooklyn 99 and hosts her own Nailed It! bakery show. The animated comedy was in the midst of production when Netflix executives decided to shut down. The streaming giant confirmed a series order for the show in January 2022.
The channel also reports that Netflix cited “creative” reasons behind the cancellation, which suggests that the company’s top executives weren’t confident in the show’s chances – although it appears the Bad Crimes production team is looking for another streaming service. of TV to end the show. job.
There was certainly plenty of comedy royalty attached to the project, with Greg Daniels (The Office, Upload), Mike Judge (King of the Hill) and Erica Hayes (Big Mouth) all involved. And given Netflix’s fondness for adult animated comedies — BoJack Horseman, The Midnight Gospel, Big Mouth and the like — it’s a shame to see a potential candidate scrapped before viewers have a chance to see it.
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It hasn’t been the rosiest year for Netflix. The streaming service has been laying off employees, dealing with a slump in subscriber numbers and seeing investor confidence in the stock market plummet.
We are a long way from the early days of online streaming, when Netflix was synonymous with the industry, and it seemed impossible for any challenger to catch up. Now, though, Disney Plus is flying ahead, eating up Netflix’s business and hosting the biggest franchises of the day: Marvel, Star Wars, Disney-Pixar and now even British export classic Doctor Who.
The return of mega-hit Stranger Things has helped stabilize Netflix’s fortunes for now, seeing the service add 2.4 million subscribers after months of consistent decline. But it’s clear that between Netflix’s crackdown on account sharing and the imminent introduction of an ad-supported subscription tier, the company is having to be much more calculating with where it spends its resources.
Regardless, let’s hope Bad Crimes finds a home elsewhere. I heard that Disney Plus has any money to spend?