Has the peak TV wave crested? On the one hand, no less than 15 shows aired a season premiere on one recent Sunday alone, and around 100 debuted in the last two weeks of April. On the other hand, Netflix just reported its first quarterly subscriber loss ever, leading to a 70 percent drop in the original streamer’s stock price and reports that “the party’s over” by some media outlets.
Whatever the reason, a lot of marquee projects across the streaming landscape have hit some big snags lately. From casting drama to drastic plot overhauls, these are some of the major shows with murky futures, including Netflix’s Edgar Allan Poe series, a Walking Dead spinoff, and a new program set in the Batman universe. Here’s what you need to know about these high-profile series.
The Idol. Euphoria creator Sam Levinson joining forces with The Weeknd for a music industry drama seems like a no-brainer, but the pair’s HBO project is getting overhauled in the wake of a “new creative direction” that requires an “adjustment of cast and crew.” According to Deadline, The Weeknd felt that The Idol – which tells the story of a young pop singer who becomes romantically involved with a cult leader in Los Angeles – was too focused on the “female perspective,” and as a result Red Rocket standout Suzanna Son (who was set to play a cult acolyte) and director Amy Seimetz are off the project. Levison will likely have a bigger hand in directing as a result. It’s unclear how much these changes will affect the show’s planned release schedule.
American Gigolo. A television show based on the acclaimed 1980 Paul Schrader film has been in the works for more than seven years, with superproducer Jerry Bruckheimer working to adapt the movie he helped produce for the small screen. The show focuses on a sex worker in Los Angeles who is also looking to uncover the truth around a murder case he served prison time for.
It picked up serious steam over the last two years, with Jon Bernthal set for the lead, and Ray Donovan showrunner David Hollanderat the helm. But on April 27, production was halted after Hollander was ousted due to misconduct allegations. (Deadline said Hollander’s indescretions “were not of a sexual-harassment nature,” though there has been little additional clarity.) Eight of the first season’s 10 episodes have already been shot, though there is no timeline for when they might resume filming or who will be at the helm.
Obi-Wan Kenobi. The next Star Wars series begins on May 27, but big changes have been made behind the scenes even with the premiere date on the horizon, per The Hollywood Reporter. Darth Maul, who was an enemy of Obi-Wan in The Phantom Menace, was set to be reprised by actor Ray Park, but the character was cut as part of “a creative overhaul.”