Johnny Knoxville Still Processing “Reboot” Cancellation
Last month it was revealed that the comedy series “Reboot” wouldn’t be returning for a second season, and earlier this month, it was revealed that the creator, Steve Levitan, who also co-created “Modern Family”, wasn’t able to find a new home for the show after shopping it around other streaming services.
“Reboot” is about a fictitious cancelled family sitcom from the early 2000s, that is rebooted by Hulu executives and forces its dysfunctional cast back together. Now they must deal with their unresolved issues in today’s fast-changing world. The series was released as a Hulu Original in the United States and as a Star Original on Disney+ internationally and on Star+ in Latin America.
Recently, Johnny Knoxville spoke with Vulture, and he revealed how he is still processing “Reboot’s” cancellation, where he said:
I have a lot of feelings about it. I’m so grateful and thankful it happened. I’m stunned and shocked it’s over. Of course there’s anger, but you try not to give into that. I’m still trying to process it. I mean, come on, it was a Steve Levitan show. We delivered a very strong first season. This is my first series, so I was spoiled. Everyone kept telling me it’s rare to work on a show of this caliber with people you like. We all got along so well. We were like, Oh, this will be fun to do for the next five or six seasons. We took it for granted. Boy, were we surprised. Oscar Wilde said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” but he didn’t see what happened with Reboot. We’re disappointed that it was canceled, but I’m also not tone-deaf. People have real problems in this world. An actor’s show getting canceled isn’t the end of the world. That said, we did love it, and were hopeful it was going to go on.
Steve and the writers always delivered an amazing script each week. It was one of the highlights while shooting — getting the new scripts. It would sometimes be 30 minutes before we were going to do the read-through, but they turned in gold. We were all so excited to get the new pages. The trajectory of the show was firmly in the hands of Steve, where it should’ve been. I usually wear many hats on a production. For this one, I was happy just to act.
When asked if he had any insight into why Disney cancelled “Reboot”, Johnny wasn’t sure, stating:
I have no insight as to why it was canceled. It’s all played very close to the vest. I know we made a lot of fun of Hulu in the show, but I give the executives more credit than to cancel it for such a silly reason.
When asked if he had a personal theory for the cancellation, he added:
I have no idea. It would only be speculation. Why do you think the show got canceled? Any ideas?
When the reporter said it was likely due to the show not meeting a very arbitrary algorithm, Johnny replied:
Yeah, you’re probably not very far from the truth, if not on the truth.
There have been a number of cancellations by Disney throughout its networks and streaming services, as it looks to cut costs and reinvest money from shows that didn’t find an audience, into something that might.
The first season of “Reboot” is available to stream now on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ internationally.
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