“The OA” has been canceled by Netflix after two seasons, the streaming service said on Monday.
“We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of ‘The OA,’ and are grateful to [co-creator/star Brit Marling and co-creator/executive producer Zal Batmanglij] for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry,” Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content at Netflix, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”
An individual with knowledge of Netflix’s decision to cancel the drama — which launched its eight-episode second season on March 22 — told TheWrap that when it comes to renewals/cancellations, the platform looks at viewing versus cost and that “The OA” was “a big creative swing” that the streaming service was “proud to take.”
Starring Marling as Prairie Johnson/The OA (the “Original Angel”) — a young woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years and can now see, despite having been blind before she disappeared — the sci-fi series launched its first batch of eight episodes on Netflix in December 2016.
“The OA” hails from Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content.
Here’s the official description for “The OA” Season 2, per Netflix:
The “mind-bending” story returns with The OA Part II, which follows OA as she navigates a new dimension, one in which she had a completely different life as a Russian heiress, and one in which she once again finds herself as Hap’s captive. Part II introduces Karim Washington, a private detective tasked with finding a missing teen. His path crosses with OA, as they try to solve the mystery of the teen’s whereabouts and a house on Nob Hill connected to the disappearance of several teenagers. Meanwhile, back in the first dimension, BBA, Angie and the boys find themselves on a journey to understand the truth behind OA’s story and the incredible realities she described.