Is the series renewed or canceled for a second season? Continue reading to find out more.
Though the series might have been loved by the viewers, but is it enough to convince the streaming service to renew for a second season?
It’s been a month since viewers tuned into streaming the final episode, “Shelter,” of the new series. After weeks of anticipating, the fandom has gradually started to speculate if this drama series developed by Jason Katims will be greenlit for a second season or not. If you are one of them and are wondering if there are any future plans being made for the series, then you have reached the right place!
As we at Web News Observer have compiled all the crucial information on the current status of the series.
Let’s get straight to the point and answer this raging question: We regret to inform the readers that the chances of getting a second season seem bleak, as the original network, Apple has confirmed and opted not to order a second season of its freshman drama Dear Edward.
One of the major factors that have led to its cancellation is assumed to be the overall poor reception of the show since its premiere on the platform. For context, the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 55% approval rating with an average rating of 6/10, based on 29 critic reviews.
The website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Sincerely acted and occasionally quite moving, Dear Edward nevertheless bears the signature of overdetermined schmaltz that’s too intent on wringing tears. On the other hand, Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 61 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”
The success of the show is also evaluated by its viewership and overall performance among the other series on the streaming platform and the above-mentioned reception clears any doubt why the network hasn’t opted to renew it for additional seasons.
Moreover, we would like to highlight that the series is based on a single novel, the novel of the same name by Ann Napolitano, which makes sense for the network to not pursue another season as most of the plotlines from the novel have been adapted for the screens. This leaves little to no scope for the creators to expand the plot into something different from the source material.
Hence, it seems like the option was right to scrap the show sooner rather than later in order to keep the novel’s theme intact. While there are compelling arguments to be made in favor of a second season, there are also valid concerns that could prevent it from becoming a reality.
For fans of the show, the cancellation remains surprising, and they hope that one day they will see Edward’s story continue if some other streaming platform agrees to pick it up, which, to be honest, seems highly unlikely to happen.
Dear Edward: What is the series about?
Hailing from Apple Studios and adapted from Napolitano’s bestselling, acclaimed novel of the same name, “Dear Edward” is a heartbreaking, life-affirming, and uplifting story about survival, resilience, connection, and the examination of what makes us human.
“Dear Edward,” is a new 10-episode drama series based on the novel by Ann Napolitano that tells the story of Edward Adler (played by O’Brien), a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family. As Edward and a diverse ensemble of others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances, and communities are formed.
The main cast members of the series star Emmy nominee Connie Britton, and SAG Award winner Taylor Schilling and introduce newcomer Colin O’Brien. The ensemble cast also includes Amy Forsyth, Anna Uzele, Audrey Corsa, Brittany S. Hall, Carter Hudson, Dario Ladani Sanchez, Douglas M. Griffin, Eva Ariel Binder, Idris DeBrand, Ivan Shaw, Jenna Qureshi, Khloe Bruno, and Maxwell Jenkins.
The series is written by Katims, who serves as the showrunner. He executive produces through True Jack Productions alongside Jeni Mulein. Book author Ann Napolitano also serves as executive producer alongside Fisher Stevens (Palmer), who is set to direct the first episode and serve as executive producer on the pilot. David Boyd will serve as producing director.
Take a look at the official episode guide of the series below to understand the chronology of the episodes before you start to binge watching it on Apple TV+, which offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens.
Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot: Edward is nervous about his family’s move to Los Angeles; Lacey’s marriage is strained; Dee Dee and Zoe celebrate; Edward’s flight departs for Los Angeles.
Season 1 Episode 2: Food: Lacey struggles to do anything right for Edward; later, she meets more people affected by the crash at the first Grief Group therapy session.
Season 1 Episode 3: Stuff: Shay and Edward look for clues about the mystery girl; Adriana decides to run for her grandmother’s seat; Dee Dee goes to Los Angeles to search for answers.
Season 1 Episode 4: Chrysalis: The burden of being “Miracle Boy” weighs on Edward; Adriana helps Kojo throw a Ghanaian funeral; Dee Dee unravels her husband’s mystery.
Season 1 Episode 5: Haunted: Edward heads to the city in search of the mystery girl; John visits the crash site; Sam opens up to Lacey; Amanda is haunted by her fight with Brent.
Season 1 Episode 6: Truth: Shay and Edward go on an adventure to find Mahira; Lacey bonds with Linda; Kojo prepares for his move back to Ghana; Dee Dee confides in Zoe.
Season 1 Episode 7: Folklore: Shay’s father comes back into her life, leading to tension with Edward; Adriana and Kojo take Becks to the mountains; Lacey and John hit an impasse.
Season 1 Episode 8: Music: Edward starts acting out; Adriana seeks advice from Eric; Sam gets candid with Vernon; Dee Dee struggles with change.
Season 1 Episode 9: Paper Covers Rock: A discovery rattles Edward; Adriana prepares to say goodbye to Kojo; Amanda and Steve get closer.
Season 1 Episode 10. Shelter: Lacey and John search for Edward; Dee Dee throws a party; election day comes for Adriana; Edward revisits his past.
While you revisit the show on Apple TV+, let us know in the comment section how you feel about the series’ cancellation.