Netflix has officially cancelled their freshman supernatural series, Chambers, just after the airing of the series’ first season. The hour long drama, helmed from screenwriter and director Stephen Gaghan and the entertainment company, Super Deluxe. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed the show’s pilot.
Gaghan, is well-known for writing Steven Soderbergh’s screenplay for the film Traffic, and served as executive produce on Chambers in partnership with creator/writer Leah Rachel. Wolfgang Hammer and Winnie Kemp in also produced the series in partnership with Super Deluxe.
“’Chambers’ will not return for a second season,” a Netflix spokesperson commented. “We’re grateful to creator and showrunner Leah Rachel for bringing this story to us and to her fellow executive producers Alfonso Gomez Rejon, Steve Gaghan from Super Emotional, Winnie Kemp and Wolfgang Hammer from Super Deluxe, and Jennifer Yale. We’re also thankful to the tireless crew, and to our incredible cast, especially Uma Thurman, Tony Goldwyn and talented newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose.”
Netflix’s describes the series as following “a young heart attack survivor, who becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister.”
Chambers has been described as taking place in “a mystic, New Age pocket of Arizona. A psychological horror story that explores the different ways we metabolize trauma… A grounded human story, that eventually pivots into something far more strange and fucked up than you were expecting.”
Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn played the recently deceased Becky’s (Lilliya Reid) parents, who’s heart is given to a young woman Sasha Yazzie —played by newcomer Sivan Alyra Rose in the designated role of a heart attack survivor. Nicholas Galitzine (Share, Handsome Devil), Lilli Kay (Paterno, Napoli), Sarah Mezzanotte (The Wolves, Six Degrees of Separation), and Simone Simpson (Black Lightning), also made up the supporting cast.
Despite the two starring leads, the series only managed to gain a modest 41% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was strongly criticized for its pacing, tone, and overall storytelling.