The Vampire Series’First death‘ (First Kill) was canceled by Netflix in less than two months after the premiere, totaling a single season.
Set in a world of monster hunters, the plot follows a teenage vampire named Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), who ends up falling in love with a vampire hunter, the beautiful Calliope (Imani Lewis).
During an interview for the Daily Beasta showrunner Felicia D. Henderson said that the cancellation was the fault of the streaming platform’s bad marketing, which was negligent in classifying the attraction as a simple lesbian vampire series and nothing more…
“I went into this project with such enthusiasm because there was so much to explore… Strong female leadership, supernatural intrigue, an epic Shakespearean battle between warring families and the dramas of adolescence. Furthermore, highlighting a black family in a genre like this is something that black viewers want and also encourages the audience to support representation.”
“The posters produced were beautiful. But I thought [o romance gay] it was just one of the elements that would be explored in marketing, but they only focused on that. There were so many equally compelling and important elements in the series. Monsters versus monster hunters, the battle between two powerful matriarchs, etc. But the series was never promoted as it should have been.”
‘First death‘ was even a moderate success for the Netflixdebuting in 3rd place among the TOP 10 of the catalog in the first week of exhibition, behind only ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Peaky Blinders‘.
On the internet, fans were revolted by the streaming:
the weight of the cancellation of this series only understands who is lesbian / safic because we are represented in the worst possible way always and when they do it differently approaching adolescence in a light way, as in first kill the series is canceled #savefirstkill pic.twitter.com/LgLoJ0wDqY
— lesbian vampire (@ostwitsdavic) August 3, 2022
first kill was VERY good for viewing and the cost was low and even so it was canceled I just want to see what netflix’s excuse for this bullshit will be because the only explanation is that they have no interest in keeping a safic series in the LGBT+ series catalog only if it’s white gay
— peach (@lavandatea) August 3, 2022
First Kill was canceled and ended with Calliope breaking up with Juliette and promising to hunt her down. pic.twitter.com/m2Gvhd2gNF
— ray (@eurayanneane) August 3, 2022
First kill a series with two lesbian protagonists being canceled in the month of lesbian visibility and we lost once again pic.twitter.com/9qeA7ZIV3A
— pri (@zorelss) August 3, 2022
first kill canceled oh my god we don’t have a minute of peace pic.twitter.com/tsNx6305KC
— lorrane.⍟ : the portrait of Dorian Gray (@paynoxsoldier) August 3, 2022
first kill had numbers as good as heartstopper which was renewed for TWO more SEASONS while first kill is canceled seriously THIS HAS A NAME
— marcela (@wildssmia) August 3, 2022
gnt i know you guys are so sad that first kill was canceled and gnt knows that the fact that the series has lesbian protagonism was a factor for that but making fun of joe’s appearance is not the answer, he has nothing to do with it
— r. (@noirowlx) August 3, 2022
first kill canceled in the month of lesbian visibility I won’t say anything
— ana RENAISSANCE (@backtobraziil) August 3, 2022
I hate to be running and chasing crumbs, trying to see myself in something only to be canceled in the end: The owl house, First Kill, I’m not okay with this…
— ⚢ (@lesbiannorr) August 3, 2022
First Kill canceled as it spent weeks at the top of most watched in various places just proves that the problem for Netflix is that they don’t expect lgbt stuff to be successful because they don’t want it to. They want to appear representative for marketing.
— myy (@dustmyy) August 3, 2022
Good thing I don’t subscribe to that bombshell that is Netflix. First Kill was a series that fans fought to make it work, and it did, the series hit a lot, and Netflix is fucked for that. Another series with lesbian protagonism that was canceled
— ➶ | COAST (@LasRockSalt) August 3, 2022
Unfortunately, the production ended with an open plot, with hooks that will never be resolved.
Remember the trailer:
When it’s time for teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) kill for the first time so she can earn her place in a family of powerful vampires, she sets her eyes on a new girl in town, Calliope (Imani Lewis). But to Juliette’s surprise, Calliope is a vampire hunter from a renowned family of hunters.
The cast still has Elizabeth Mitchell, Aubin Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienny, Will Swenson, Phillip Mullings Jr., Dominic Goodman, Dylan McNamara, MK xyz, Jonas Dylan Allen and Roberto Mendez.
Felicia D. Henderson (‘The Quad’) is the showrunner for the series.