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‘Cowboy Bebop’ Canceled at Netflix

(L to R) Alex Hassell as Vicious and John Cho as Spike Spiegel
(Image credit: Geoffrey Short/Netflix)

Offbeat space western Cowboy Bebop will not see a season two on Netflix. The live-action adaptation of an anime series, Cowboy Bebop premiered Nov. 19. 

The show is about a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they chase down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. John Cho portrayed Spike Spiegel, a bounty hunter known in show parlance as a “cowboy.” Mustafa Shakir and Daniella Pineda are also in the cast. 

There are 10 episodes. 

Reviews have been so-so. “Cowboy Bebop ends up being hit and miss, rising above its live-action peers while offering up its own disappointments,” said the New York Times

Executive producers are Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio; Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios; Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.

Netflix first ordered the project in 2018. ■

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.