Seven Seconds Season 2
“Seven Seconds” has been canceled after just one season at Netflix, multiple reports have confirmed.
In the series, which was created and executive produced by Veena Sud (“The Killing”), a white cop accidentally hits and critically injures a black teenager, causing a northeastern city to explode with racial tension. Regina King starred as the mother of the boy who was hit, alongside Clare-Hope Ashitey, Russell Hornsby, Beau Knapp, Michael Mosley, David Lyons, Raul Castillo, Zackary Momoh, Patrick Murney, Michelle Veintimilla, Nadia Alexander, and Coley Mustafa Speaks.
Despite the cancellation, Netflix still plans to submit the series for Emmy consideration in the limited series category.
“We loved working with Veena Sud, Regina King and the cast and crew of ‘Seven Seconds,’” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix. “Together they created a compelling, timely and relevant crime drama. The first season is a complete, stand-alone story that we are proud to feature on Netflix for years to come.”
The series received mostly positive reviews from critics, holding a 77% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In her review for Variety, Maureen Ryan wrote: “One of the themes of ‘Seven Seconds’ is that sloppiness and inconsistency can be as likely to lead to disappointing or even tragic outcomes as more malevolent intentions. It’s an important message to send; if only the delivery system for it wasn’t so messy and slow.”
Written by Sud and starring Regina King, Seven Seconds chronicles tensions running high between African-American citizens and Caucasian police in Jersey City, where a teenage African-American boy is critically injured by a cop.
No decision for the cancellation was given but Netflix usually stacks up proprietary viewership data against the price of a show. Seven Seconds, from Fox 21 TV Studios, was an expensive high-end drama.
n a February interview with THR, Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke said his hope was for Seven Seconds to run for additional seasons, featuring old characters returning along with new faces in an anthology format as the series would remain rooted in Jersey City.
“This I think in our mind can go on for four or five [seasons], even more,” Salke said at the time. “Each year will be a chapter … in the book about that city and what’s going on in the struggle to survive in urban America today.”