High Fidelity has officially been given the ax. Hulu has opted to cancel the TV series, which is based on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel of the same name. Starring Zoe Kravitz in the lead role, the show debuted earlier this year on the streaming service and didn't garner the amount of attention that the company, and ultimately Disney, hoped it would. Or so it would seem. No matter what the case, this has proved to be a short-lived show.
According to multiple reports, the show will end after just one season. While many shows with a following have managed to land at another home following a premature cancellation, it is not expected that this will be the case with High Fidelity. Barring the unexpected, this will truly be a one-and-done situation. Zoe Kravitz, taking to Instagram, had this to say about the news.
"I wanna give a shout out to my #highfidelity family. Thank you for all the love and heart you put into this show. I'm in awe of all of you. and thank you to everyone who watched, loved and supported us. #breakupssuck"
The series was a reimagining of Nick Hornby's popular novel. It centers on Rob (Zoe Kravitz) a female record store owner who revisits past relationships through music and pop culture. Kravitz, in addition to her starring role, served as an executive producer. The cast also includes Da'Vine Joy Randolph, David H. Holmes, Jake Lacy, and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka were behind the adaptation, serving as showrunners. They had plans for multiple seasons but, ultimately, that isn't going to be in the cards. This is surprising for several reasons.
First and foremost, the show received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, currently holding an 86 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Hulu doesn't release streaming numbers all that often, but it seems as though the series had developed a following based on the social media chatter. It also isn't nearly as expensive to produce as something more buzzy and spectacle-filled, such as The Mandalorian or Watchmen.
Originally, High Fidelity was being developed as a Disney+ original. However, due to the show's mature content, it shifted over to Hulu, which Disney also controls. This is the second time something like this has happened. Love, Victor, which is a spin-off of the movie Love, Simon, similarly made the switch from Disney+ to Hulu late in the game.
Aside from the show, High Fidelity was previously adapted into a movie that was released in 2000. Directed by Stephen Frears, it starred John Cusack in the lead role. As it happens, Lisa Bonet, the real-life mother of Zoe Kravitz, also starred in the movie as Marie De Salle. It was not a huge hit at the box office at the time but has managed to endure as a classic of sorts in the two decades since its initial release. This news was previously reported by Variety.