Netflix has cancelled Tuca & Bertie, showrunner Lisa Hanawalt has confirmed.
The comedy, which was commissioned last year by the streaming giant, stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong and follows two 30-year-old friends who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. The series premiered in May, winning acclaim and fans for its diversity, its humour and its confronting of topical issues such as gender pay gaps within its adult animated comedy.
Only a few months on, though, Netflix has decided not to renew the show for a second run.
“Lisa Hanawalt created a relatable yet whimsical world in Tuca & Bertie,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re grateful to Lisa, and her fellow executive producers Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Noel Bright, Steven A. Cohen, and EPs/stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong, along with all of the writers and animators for sharing the funny and dynamic female bird duo of Tuca and Bertie with the world. While Tuca & Bertie won’t have a second season, we’re proud to feature this story on Netflix for years to come.”
The decision comes as Netflix is on something of a cancellation run, with Designated Survivor also not renewed after its revival at the hands of the streaming giant for a third season. Netflix has come under heavy fire for its cancellation of Tuca & Bertie, recalling the similar outrage over its cancelling of equally progressive TV sitcom One Day at a Time. (That has since found a new home on Pop TV, although it is unclear at present where its new episodes will air in the UK.)
“Netflix is not ordering a second season of Tuca & Bertie,” Hanawalt wrote on Twitter. “Tuca & Bertie is everything I wanted it to be: beautiful, funny, fresh, loving, horny, weird, experimental, comforting, and deep. The whole team put our hearts and asses into this show, and I’m so proud of it.”
“Thank you to everyone who loves and supports T&B, and to everyone who was comforted and felt like this show gave you a voice,” she added. “I’m hopeful we can find a home for Tuca & Bertie to continue their adventures.”
Watch: Tuca & Bertie talk gender pay gaps in new clip
4th April 2019
“That’s the alarm when no women have spoken out loud for 3 minutes.” That’s the sound of Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie tackling pay gaps and gender inequality in a new clip from the animated series.
The comedy, which was commissioned last year by the streaming giant, stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong and follows two 30-year-old friends who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. The series premieres on Friday 3rd May, and if this clip is anything to go by, is set to be a genuine treat. Here’s the video:
Tuca & Bertie is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.
First look: Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong in Netflix’s Tuca & Bertie
15th March 2019
They’re relatable, fly AF, and, oh, they just happen to be bird women. From creator Lisa Hanawalt and the creative minds behind BoJack Horseman comes Tuca & Bertie, Netflix’s new animated series.
The comedy, which was commissioned last year by the streaming giant, stars Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong and follows two 30-year-old friends who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. Now, you can get your first look at the duo in action with this new teaser giving us a bonus glimpse of the pair behind-the-scenes.
Tuca & Bertie comes to Netflix on Friday 3rd May. Here’s the video:
Tiffany Haddish to star in Netflix animation from BoJack creators
21st February 2018
Tiffany Haddish is all set to star in Tuca & Bertie, a new animated comedy for Netflix.
From he creators of BoJack Horseman, the series has been commissioned by the streaming giant, with Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company producing. The series follows the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building: Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
Haddish, who delivered a breakout performance in the smash comedy Girls Trip, will play Tuca, marking the latest in a string of high-profile gigs, from a role opposite Tracy Morgan in The Last O.G., a first-look deal with HBO and her newest stand-up special Tiffany Haddish: She Ready!, which aired on Showtime late last year, to upcoming projects The Oath, The Kitchen and The Temp She also released her first book, The Last Black Unicorn, in December, which made the NY Times Bestseller List.
Lisa Hanawalt (BoJack Horseman) created the series and will be an executive producer alongside Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), Noel Bright (BoJack Horseman, Friends), Steven A. Cohen (BoJack Horseman, Jack & Bobby) and Haddish. The animation is being done at Shadowmachine.
Netflix has ordered 10 episodes for its first season.
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