10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'American Vandal' Canceled at Netflix, Will Be Shopped Elsewhere
Netflix is not moving forward with American Vandal.
The scripted true crime spoof has been canceled after two seasons at the streaming giant. Sources say producers CBS TV Studios have received multiple calls to revive the series for a third season elsewhere, as producers had already been plotting what season three of the anthology would be.
"American Vandal will not return for a third season. We're very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix, and to the fans and critics who embraced its unique and unconventional humor," Netflix said in a statement.
Co-creators Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, as well as showrunner Dan Lagana exec produce the series, alongside Joe Farrell for Funny or Die and Ari Lubet, Josh Lieberman and Michael Rotenberg for 3Arts.
The series debuted in September 2017 to strong reviews, despite a largely unknown cast and little advance promotion. The series is a send-up of true crime docuseries like The Jinx and Netflix's own breakout Making a Murderer, the first season centered on the investigation into who drew dicks on 27 cars at a Southern California high school. THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg praised the first season, saying it "proves surprisingly effective as both a mystery and a high school comedy."
Season two launched Sept. 14 and explored the events at a private Catholic high school after its cafeteria lemonade was contaminated with laxatives by someone calling themselves the "Turd Burglar." In his review, Fienberg said the second season "transitions from dicks to turds with results that are more ambitious, but also less funny than the first season."
American Vandal's cancellation comes as Netflix is starting to whittle down its scripted originals from outside studios, recently axing All About the Washingtons, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, all of which hailed from ABC Studios.