What the cancelation of shows like ‘one mississippi’ and ‘i love dick’ may portend for the future prawns biryani andhra style

Netflix (in the original content business since 2012), recently laid off "lady dynamite," maria bamford’s surreal refraction of her own life; "sense8," a globe-spanning mystical sci-fi adventure from lana and lilly wachowski and J. Michael straczynski (that’s getting a movie-length finale after fan outcry); colleen ballinger’s miranda sings comedy "haters back off!"; naomi watts’ psychological thriller "gypsy"; baz luhrmann’s hip-hop epic "the get down"; "girlboss," about online fashion retailer sophia amoruso; and chuck lorre’s "disjointed," a three-camera workplace comedy set in a pot dispensary and starring kathy bates.

Apologies if I have left your favorite canceled show off this list. Many of these shows are critically approved and viewer beloved — though not, evidently, in sufficient numbers to guarantee their survival.Heavyweight names


many have heavyweight names attached, heavyweight names being something of a feature of streaming television. I would note that most are centered on and/or made by women, without going so far as to hazard why or what that means for the future of women in television. (as regards the present, it’s still not great.)

Netflix and amazon are themselves, of course, also studies in commercial failure, picking up scads of films that couldn’t find theatrical release — it’s the new version of movies going "straight to video." indeed, these pictures, along with documentaries of varying qualities and a hodgepodge of older, more successful films, make up the bulk of what streaming services offer. Like HBO and showtime, streaming services no longer sell themselves on the back of the theatrical features they show, but on the shows they make.Heavyweight names

Growth is the business most big businesses are in, and it was natural enough that, having determined to get into original, scripted content — for some time, a kind of sign of arrival for a fledgling network passing out of its early reality-show or all-reruns-all-the-time phase — the streamers would go on spending sprees. Their aims are not modest; they want to become, even overcome, HBO — amazon just spent $250 million for the right to make television out of "the lord of the rings," with actual production costs reckoned to bring the cost up to $1 billion.

New networks could afford to be odd and original. The broadcast minors gave birth to "the simpsons," "in living color," "married with children," "veronica mars," "the X-files," "felicity," "beverly hills, 90210," "gilmore girls." they kept the "star trek" franchise alive and have carried a torch for the sort of genre series that have become, with bigger budgets, a cornerstone of contemporary entertainment.Streaming services you can’t turn around now without some marvel or DC comics franchise smacking you in the face.

Television is a heartbreaker; it will kill what you love, and do it again and again. But there are plenty of fish in that sea, and plenty of seas, for that matter. The future is multifarious, many-platformed; the internet makes television, like punk rock before it, available to entrepreneurial outsiders with a work ethic and not necessarily a lot of money. You can put on a show in your uncle’s barn, to use the old hollywood formulation, and maybe some producer will bring it to broadway, with fancier scenery and actual paychecks — in the way that "2 dope queens," the jessica williams-phoebe robinson podcast, was gussied up for a four-episode HBO run