Deadline has learned that Netflix has canceled Altered Carbon after two seasons. That’s not too surprising, since the second season, which released on February 27 and swapped Joel Kinnaman for Anthony Mackie in the Takeshi Kovacs role, failed to meet critical expectations. The second season also looked considerably cheaper, which suggests that Netflix had lost faith in the future of the series long ago.
Not surprisingly, the cancellation stems from a lack of viewership. “I hear Netflix’s decision not to proceed with further seasons was made in April and is not COVID-related but stems from the streamer’s standard viewership vs. cost renewal review process,” Deadline reported. “(Netflix recently canceled two previously renewed series, The Society and I Am Not OK With This, citing COVID-related circumstances.)”
Strangely, Altered Carbon is still unavailable to purchase on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, which is a shame because the first season’s excellent cinematography and higher production values deserve a higher bit rate and lossless audio track.
Sci-fi fans can look forward to new seasons of Katee Sackhoff’s Another Life and Hilary Swank’s Away on Netflix, which the streamer did renew.
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