October 19, 2020
Netflix’s patience on original programming is wearing thin. The SVOD giant has reportedly pulled the plug on a second season of “Away,” the space exploration drama featuring Hilary Swank as an astronaut juggling family life with a historic mission to Mars.
The series has ranked high on Nielsen’s weekly top 10 streaming chart, topping out at No. 2 on the week of its Sept. 4 debut. Netflix reportedly bases a program’s worthiness on viewership versus cost of production. And “Away” was expensive, reportedly costing $6 million per episode, with the 10-episode first season taking a year to film and produce with partner Universal Television LLC.