Joss Whedon’s Final Series Put Out Of Its Misery
Writer/director Joss Whedon has enjoyed a successful career behind the camera, even though his controversial tactics on the set of Justice League have made him persona non grata among fans of the DC Universe. Regardless of what audiences might think of Joss Whedon, it appears that his final series The Nevers has seen better days at HBO Max. According to a report by Deadline, The Nevers is part of an overall attempt by Warner Bros. Discovery to remove several titles from its streaming platforms and has officially been canceled by the company.
Warner Bros. Discovery has seemingly been on a tirade as of late as the company is canceling high-profile series like Joss Whedon’s The Nevers, Westworld, and the comedy series Minx. Several titles in this latest purge were ongoing television series that had initially been renewed at HBO Max, but Warner Bros. Discovery has reversed course and chosen to cancel the shows altogether, and remove them from being available to stream on any of its platforms. The Nevers might appear on a different streamer in the future if Warner Bros. Discovery chooses to sell the show to another distributor, but there are no details on this proposed transaction at this time.
Joss Whedon created The Nevers, which premiered on HBO Max in April 2021, and followed a group of Victorian women with supernatural abilities that find themselves on a mission to change the world. The series was set up in a way that its one season would be split into two six-episode arcs, and only six episodes of the show have been rolled out on the streamer so far. With the news that the series has been canceled and subsequently pulled from HBO Max’s library, the other set of six episodes is currently hanging in the balance.
While Joss Whedon’s name is attached to The Nevers not only as its creator but in marketing promotions for the show, the director quit the series prior to its debut on HBO Max. At the time, Whedon cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for his exit, but many industry experts believed that accusations of workplace harassment against Whedon from his days in the DC Universe contributed to his leaving The Nevers. No accusations of harassment on the set of The Nevers have been discovered by the crew and cast of the series, including series stars Denis O’Hare, Laura Donnelly, and Olivia Williams.
Prior to Joss Whedon’s work on The Nevers and having been replaced by showrunner Philippa Goslett, the embattled writer got his start in television working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the 1990s, based on the film of the same name written by Whedon. The Sarah Michelle Gellar cult favorite spawned the spin-off Angel with David Boreanaz and helped to lift Whedon’s profile among television viewers. His work includes various jobs on the Pixar animated film Toy Story, the Marvel Cinematic Universe television entry Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., horror comedy The Cabin in the Woods, 2012’s The Avengers, and its sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.