*After catching a case of the coronavirus and being quarantined, now Idris Elba has to deal with this bit of bad news: His Netflix comedy, “Turn Up Charlie,” has been canceled after only one season.
“‘Turn Up Charlie’ will not return for a second season,” Netflix said in a statement Monday. “We’re especially grateful to star and executive producer Idris Elba, who turned his passion for DJing into a witty, heart-warming comedy series. We’re also thankful to executive producers Gary Reich and Tristram Shapeero and co-executive producers Martin Joyce and Ana Garanito, along with the dedicated cast and crew, for bringing this story to life on Netflix. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Idris on future projects.”
For those who never saw it, “Turn Up Charlie,” which launched on Netflix on March 15, 2019, centers on title character Charlie (played by Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a “manny” to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter, Gabby (Frankie Hervey).
It just didn’t catch on and really wasn’t all that, unfortunately. To illustrate that point, “Turn Up Charlie” received a luke-warm “C-” review from TVLine, which called it “too thinly drawn and corny to be a worthy showcase” for Elba’s comedic talents.
“Turn Up Charlie” was co-created and executive produced alongside Tristram Shapeero by Elba and Gary Reich. The series was co-produced by Reich’s Brown Eyed Boy Productions and Elba’s Green Door Pictures.