Y: The Last Man – hopes of a second series dashed

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Showrunner Eliza Clark tells fans “it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen” 

Ever since the news last October that Y: The Last Man is not getting a second series with FX and Hulu, fingers have been crossed. Unfortunately, it appears that attempts to find the show a home at another network have been in vain.

The show is set in a post-apocalyptic world where all mammals with a Y chromosome have been wiped out. Save for one man. It’s based on Brian K. Vaughn and Pia Guerra’s comic book series and stars Diane Lane, Olivia Thirlby, Ashley Romans, Amber Tamblyn, Elliot Fletcher and Ben Schnetzer.

Despite showrunner Eliza Clark’s confidence in her show at the point of initial cancellation, she’s since confirmed (via twitter) that a further run will no be forthcoming elsewhere.

Clark goes on to talk warmly about the project, expressing gratitude for the friends and collaborators she’s met. Of the show itself she says: “I’ll always love Y. It’ll always be the one that got away.”

Interestingly, the cancellation may have been more than a simple matter of ratings or network confidence. There’s a piece in The Hollywood Reporter on the subject which is worth a read. It suggests a heady mix of showrunner swaps, pandemic-induced production delays and recastings may have conspired to trigger the cancellation; effectively the clock ran out on FX’s option for the series.

One Series Wonders

We often feel this pain as fans, be it Star Cops, Firefly, FlashForward or Constantine… your fandoms (and age) may vary; we can’t quite imagine how it must feel when someone has invested so much into a show!

If you want to enjoy the ten episodes of Y: The Last Man that were made, it can be found on Disney+ in the UK.