When the cheerleading drama first dropped in March 2019, the premiere itself received an “A” rating from critics, and “TV Line” took it a notch further by naming Kelly their performer of the week. However, if you are a fan of Dare Me, be prepared to get bummed.
Just after season 1, Dare Me, which was co-produced by Netflix, was cancelled and as “The Hollywood Reporter” reported, it is to be shipped to other networks.
- USA Network cancelled Dare Me
- The dark cheerleading drama that took to our hearts
- Why does it need a new home?
- Will the show be back for another one-screen cheer?
The dark cheerleading drama that took to our hearts
Based on Meghan Abott’s 2012 novel of the same name, Dare Me exposed the dark and brutal side of the high school sport that goes on backstage. Set in a small mid-western town, fans were instantly drawn into the tale of the high school best friends-cum-cheerleading sweethearts, Addy Handlon and Beth Cassidy.
Featuring jealousy, anger, betrayal, angst, loyalty, and every other psychological extreme that every girl in high school faces, it starts on a dark note that only gets darker through the episodes. Executively produced by Megan Abbott, who also is the show-runner with Gina Fattore, Dare Me follows Willa Fitzgerald as Coach Colette French, Herizen Guardiola as Addy Hanlon, and Marlo Kelly as Beth Cassidy, alongside other regulars like Rob Heaps and Paul Fitzgerald.
The girls’ friendship is put to test after a new coach arrives and their young lives are shook forever when a shocking crime takes place in their quiet, suburban world. Part small-town drama and part thrilling murder mystery, Dare Me takes an attempt to unbox the challenges and struggles that teens undergo in high school.
Why does it need a new home?
As “The Hollywood Reporter” exclusively reported, the series that explored the cutthroat competitive world of high schools was cancelled by the NBC Universal-owned, basic cable network after its first season.
With Netflix as co-producer, the drama was first ordered in January 2019 and as a part of the same pact, Netflix gained first-run rights outside the US.
The decision to cancel the show came as the network is now going to focus more on live and unscripted programming and is gradually shifting to event projects like the Milo Ventimiglia-led Evel miniseries. The network’s scripted line-up quite looks filled with shows like Queen of the South, The Sinner, Briarpatch, The Purge, Treadstone’, and the Bravo import Dirty John, many of which are still waiting for a word on their future.
Will it be back for another one screen cheer?
However, that does not mean it’s the end for Dare Me. Reportedly, the show is looking to shop for a new home, and knowing how Netflix is known to save drowning dramas, it might have one soon. Considering the huge twist that ended season 1, season 2 is very likely. In an interview with “The Entertainment Weekly”, author and show-runner Abott say, “The chunks of the mystery we follow pretty closely, but we only get through about half the book in the first season. We were able to build out more stories because the book is only from one character’s point of view, so it’s very insular and you’re very much in her head.”
Co-creator Gina Fattore in her interview with “Indiewire” said, “I love the idea of taking Addy on that journey and it’s exciting to have places to go in season 2 and have some of the book leftovers.” Though there hasn’t been any official announcement regarding the revival of the show, as plenty of fans are asking to #SaveDareMe, we are hoping it comes soon.
Meanwhile, what do you feel? Should Dare Me to get another season? Let us know below. You can binge-watch the first season of the drama on Netflix, here.