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Sean Penn drama The First cancelled after one season

The First

Story by Jack Foley

SEAN Penn-led drama The First has been cancelled after one season.

The drama, which marked Penn’s first TV series regular role, launched in September to generally poor reviews. It was produced by Hulu in the US and aired on Channel 4 in the UK.

It is unknown how many viewers the show attracted but, in spite of a strong start, the series dropped off as the promise of seeing Penn’s leading character make it to Mars evaporated and the drama became largely Earth-based.

Hulu, like fellow streamers Netflix and Amazon, does not release viewership information.

Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware and Keiko Agena co-starred in the drama, which was created by Beau Willimon.

The First isn’t the first drama to be axed by Hulu. Sarah Silverman’s talk show I Love You, America was also canceled after one supersized season.

Hulu’s scripted roster currently consists of Castle Rock, Catch-22, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Little Fires Everywhere, Looking for Alaska, PEN15, Veronica Mars, Ramy, The Handmaid’s Tale, Runaways, Shrill and Future Man, among others.