“Y: The Last Man” Fails To Find A Home For A Second Season
Last year, Disney’s FX released a brand new series based on the DC Comics’ acclaimed series “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.
“Y: The Last Man” traverses a post-apocalyptic world in which a cataclysmic event decimates every mammal with a Y chromosome but for one cisgender man and his pet companion. The series follows the survivors in this new world as they struggle with their efforts to restore what was lost and the opportunity to build something better.
This series stars Diane Lane, Juliana Canfield, Marin Ireland, Amber Tamblyn and Ashley Romans.
The series was released on Hulu in the United States and as a Star Original on Star+ in Latin American and internationally on Disney+ in September, however, halfway through the release of this series it was revealed by the showrunner, Eliza Clark, the show wouldn’t be returning for a second season.
“We have learned that we will not be moving forward with FX on Hulu for Season 2 of ‘Y: The Last Man.’ I have never in my life been more committed to a story, and there is so much more left to tell. ‘Y: The Last Man’ is about gender, about how oppressive systems inform identity. We had a gender diverse team of brilliant artists, led by women at almost every corner of our production. Producers, writers, directors, cinematographers, production design, costume design, stunt coordination, and more. It is the most collaborative, creatively fulfilling, and beautiful thing I have ever been a part of. We don’t want it to end.”
It was then revealed why Disney opted not to move forward on the series, due to the delay in filming due to the pandemic and Disney purchasing 20th Century Fox during the time it took to develop the series. FX needed to extend the contract on the cast, at the cost of an additional $3 million dollars, before any further production costs in making the series, which already cost around $8.5 million per episode.
Now a few months later, showrunner, Eliza Clark, has provided an update on the second season of “Y: The Last Man”, confirming that the show won’t be returning.
For those of you who have been asking me: we tried really hard to get another platform to pick up season 2 of Y. But sadly, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. It is always incredibly difficult to move a show, and in recent years, it has only gotten harder. So many of you have been so supportive of the show, and I am so grateful to you. I love the group of artists who made Y truly, madly, deeply. It was the best creative work environment I’ve ever been a part of. I am immensely proud of the work that we did. I’ve always been pretty good at managing my expectations in a fickle business. But I will say that this one hit me pretty hard. We had a lot more stories to tell, & a kick-ass pitch for s2, that included new twists on some of the best stories from the book (astronauts anyone?)
But there are many shows that don’t make it past a season 1, and even more that never get made. I am grateful for the time we had. I love our show, and I have lifelong collaborators and friends who I will do EVERYTHING IN MY POWER to work with again and again. I got to adapt my favorite comic. I got to have a show on TV. I met some of my favorite artists and people in this world. It has all been a net positive. I hope you will still watch the show. That you’ll still tell your friends to watch it.
While it doesn’t end the way we would have ended the series, I still think there are complete stories told, and performances that are pretty fucking brave and exciting. I wondered whether to tweet this at all. It feels a little self important to announce that your canceled show is still canceled. But it’s the beginning of a new year, and it’s time for me to write the next thing. I’ll always love Y. It’ll always be the one that got away.
The first season of “Y: The Last Man” is available to stream on Hulu in the US and on Disney+ internationally.
What do you think of “Y: The Last Man” not returning for a second season?