Netflix has staked their lesbian vamp series First Kill after just one season. Based on a short story by Victoria 'V.E.' Schwab, First Kill was executive produced by Scream Queens star Emma Roberts and helmed by Felicia D. Henderson.
In the series, teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) sets out to make her first kill, a rite of passage for members of the vampire elite. She sets her sights on a new girl in town, Calliope (Imani Lewis) but, much to her surprise, finds that Calliope is actually a vampire hunter from a long line of slayers. Both find that the other won't be so easy to kill and, unfortunately, way too easy to develop feelings for.
Released in the second week of June, First Kill made Netflix's weekly Top 10 for English-language TV series in its first three days. It peaked at No. 3 in its first full week of release, trailing only Stranger Things Season 4 and Peaky Blinders Season 6 in the U.S. But even after clearing over 100M hours viewed, the stats were still sadly insufficient for Netflix to renew the series for a second season.
Upon the news that the series wouldn't be picked up for renewal, Henderson explained in an interview that the show "had something for everyone... strong women leads, supernatural intrigue, an epic, Shakespearean battle between warring families, and a prominently featured Black family in the genre space, something Black viewers crave and a general audience needs to be treated to.”
The cast also included Elizabeth Mitchell, Aubin Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienn, Will Swenson, Phillip Mullings Jr., Dominic Goodman and Dylan McNamara.