It looks like Netflix has gone ahead and officially pulled the plug on their freshman supernatural drama series Chambers starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn after only airing a single season. Too bad. Created and written by Leah Rachel, the series centered on a young heart attack survivor, Sasha Yazzie played by Sivan Alyra Rose who becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. As Sasha starts taking on some of the troublingly sinister characteristics of the deceased, she goes about trying to uncover the truth about her donor's sudden death.
Netflix said in a statement.
"Chambers will not return for a second season. We're grateful to creator and showrunner Leah Rachel for bringing this story to us and to her fellow executive producers Alfonso Gomez Rejon, Steve Gaghan from Super Emotional, Winnie Kemp and Wolfgang Hammer from Super Deluxe, and Jennifer Yale. We're also thankful to the tireless crew, and to our incredible cast, especially Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn, and talented newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose."
This news isn't all that surprising in the end as the 10-episode series, which debuted on Netflix back in April, did not seem to cut the mustard with either critics or viewers. In fact, Chambers currently has a score of just 41 percent over on RottenTomatoes with the Critics Consensus reading: "Promising performances and an intriguing premise can't keep Chambers' meandering melodrama from getting lost in its own haunted hallways." Ouch.
To make matters worse, Chambers is one of the few shows that the streaming giant has canceled after only granting it one season. Sure Netflix has gathered itself a reputation for getting cancel-happy with shows after 2-3 seasons, but that said, the streaming platform has an 80% renewal rate of giving shows a second season. For the record, Chambers will now join the ranks of other one-and-done Netflix original series such as Everything Sucks, The Get Down, Girlboss, and Gypsy.
It's said that typically Netflix makes their renewal calls based on a viewing vs. costs basis. Meaning that if a series reaches a small audience but does not cost a lot to produce, they will typically go ahead and grant the series a second season. But it seems that factors which lead to the cancellation of Chambers are the fact that Netflix did not own the series and that name-actors Thurman and Goldwyn worked for a higher fee.
The series hailed from Stephen Gaghan and Super Deluxe. Gaghan executive produced Chambers with Jennifer Yale via Super Emotional, along with Rachel and Cooper and Wolfgang Hammer and Winnie Kemp via Super Deluxe. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was an executive producer and also directed the pilot episode. Thurman played Nancy, the mother of the heart donor who forges a hesitant relationship with the young recipient only to find her daughter may not be as dead as she thought. If you still care to check out the show, season one is available now for streaming on Netflix. This story comes to us via Deadline.