Disney’s FX has confirmed that its recent newest series, “Kindred”, will not be returning for a second season. The series only recently debuted on Hulu in December, but failed to gain the buzz or viewership of other recent FX shows like “The Bear”. “Kindred” is also due to be released on Disney+ in many countries, including Canada and Australia, on February 8th 2023.
Adapted from the celebrated novel “Kindred”, by Hugo Award-winner Octavia E. Butler, the FX series centers on “Dana James” (Mallori Johnson), a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time. She emerges at a nineteenth-century plantation, a place remarkably and intimately linked with Dana and her family. An interracial romance threads through Dana’s past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind.
It’s rare that FX cancels a show, as the Network generally is known for being much more careful in taking its time developing a project, but ultimately, costs and viewership will no doubt have played a part in the decision. And FX has cancelled shows after one season in the past, such as with the recent show, “Y: The Last Man”. According to THR, FX is expected to support the showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins should he indeed want to shop the show to another network or streaming service. Though with the current trend of streaming services cancelling shows that don’t perform, I’d be surprised if another studio picks up the show. The series only covered a third of the original book, so it was hoped that the show would expand out to three or four seasons, but that now seems unlikely.
“Kindred” stars Mallori Johnson as “Dana James,” Micah Stock as “Kevin Franklin,” Ryan Kwanten as “Thomas Weylin,” Gayle Rankin as “Margaret Weylin,” Austin Smith as “Luke,” David Alexander Kaplan as “Rufus Weylin,” Sophina Brown as “Sarah” and Sheria Irving as “Olivia.”
“Kindred”, Octavia E. Butler’s celebrated and critically acclaimed novel, has been adapted for television by writer and showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who executive produces the series with Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures, Courtney Lee-Mitchell, Jules Jackson and Ernestine Walker. Janicza Bravo directed and served as an executive producer on the pilot. The eight-episode season is produced by FX Productions.
The series is available to stream now on Hulu and is coming to Disney+ in many countries around the world, including Australia and Canada, on February 8th 2023.
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