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Earlier this year, Netflix released the first season of comedy-drama Girlboss, starring Britt Robertson. The series was based on Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso's best-selling book , which detailed her real-life rise to fame and fortune. Starting out her career in fashion by selling vintage clothes and accessories on eBay before later expanding with her own website Nasty Gal Vintage, Amoruso had an estimated revenue of almost $23 million by 2011, just three years after her site launched.

But despite high expectations, the show didn't sit well with audiences and received middling reviews from critics. It holds a rating of 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of 53 out of 100 from Metacritic.

Now, we've learned the character Sophia Marlowe won't be returning to our screens for more quirky adventures on her rise to the top of the fashion crop, with canceling the series after only one season.

Real-Life Girlboss Has No Issue With Cancelation

Shortly after news of the cancelation broke, took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the matter. Surprisingly, she seemed at peace with the axing, relieved to no longer see her life altered for the purpose of entertainment and excited to have creative control over her story once again:

“So that Netflix series about my life got canceled. While I’m proud of the work we did, I’m looking forward to controlling my narrative from here on out. It was a good show, and I was privileged to work with incredible talent, but living my life as a caricature was hard even if only for two months. Yes, I can be difficult. No, I’m not a dick. No, someone named Shane never cheated on me. It will be nice to someday tell the story of what’s happened in the last few years. Ppl read the headline, not the correction, I’ve learned.”

Amoruso's book was a bestseller upon its 2014 release. Going by her autobiography's popularity, and Amoruso's comments on having more control over her narrative, this suggests the book will get another adaptation in the near future.

Not The First Netflix Series To Meet The Ax

original series have been historically successful with audiences and critics, which is why it may seem unusual for Girlboss to have been canceled so shortly after release. But this isn't the first show to meet the ax. In fact, the streaming site has been canceling quite a few high-profile series of late:

Marco Polo (2014–2016)

  • Canceled after one season made up of two parts
  • Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 24 percent
  • Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92 percent

The Get Down (2016–2017)

  • Canceled after one season
  • Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 74 percent
  • Rotten Tomatos audience score: 90 percent

Sense8 (2015–2017)

  • Canceled after two seasons
  • Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 79 percent
  • Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92 percent

Hemlock Grove (2013–2015)

  • Canceled after three seasons.
  • Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 38 percent
  • Rotten Tomotoes audience score: 70 percent

As disappointing as these cancelations are, they seem to be an attempt by Netflix to be more strict with the quality of its content. Reed Hastings, the streaming service's CEO and founder, stated during a Code Conference this past May that the site should have a higher cancelation rate:

"We’ve canceled very few shows … I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk; you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall."

Despite its chilly reception, Girlboss had a growing fanbase that was inspired by the character Sophia Marlowe's business mindset and willingness to thrive in the face of constant adversity. Hopefully the real-life 's story gets to live on in another form in the near future.

How do you feel about Netflix canceling Girlboss? Were you a fan of the show or would you like to see the story take a different approach? Let us know in the comments below.

[Sources: Variety; CNBC; Independent]


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