First Kill boss criticizes Netflix after cancellation

First murder Boss Felicia D Henderson has criticized Netflix’s treatment of the teen drama’s LGBTQ+ romance following its recent cancellation.

The supernatural series follows new vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) and young hunter Calliope (Imani Lewis), who are tasked with making the first kill to be accepted by their families.

As they deal with their normal teenage lives and their supernatural callings, they must also (in Romeo and Juliet fashion) deal with their attraction to each other.

sarah catherine hook, imani lewis, first kill


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Despite positive response from a young, teen, and/or queer audience and surpassing 100 million hours watched in its first 28 days, the show was abruptly canceled less than two months after its debut on Netflix.

“I signed up with such enthusiasm for this program [because] has something for everyone,” Henderson said in an interview with the daily beast following the news.

“Strong leads, supernatural intrigue, an epic Shakespearean battle between warring families and a prominent black family in the genre space—something black viewers crave and audiences at large should get.”

sarah catherine hook as juliette, imani lewis as calliope, first kill


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Netflix stated that the series did not gain a large enough audience, which Henderson blamed on the streaming platform’s failure to market it beyond the teen-lesbian-vampire element and sell audiences everything else it had to offer.

“The art for the initial marketing was beautiful,” he said. “I think I was hoping that that would be the start and that the other equally compelling and important elements of the show (monsters vs. monster hunters, the battle between two powerful matriarchs, etc.) would eventually get promoted, and that didn’t happen.”

She added: “The show is great and we were in the top five globally and nationally for three of the first four weeks. I had high hopes.” [of a second season].”

First murder season one is available to watch now on Netflix.

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