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Rutherford Falls canceled after two seasons, co-creator reacts


Rutherford Falls was canceled by Peacock after two seasons, and co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas discusses its potential future on other platforms.

Following the cancellation of Rutherford Falls on Peacock, Sierra Teller co-creator Ornelas discusses the show’s impact, as well as its potential future on another platform. The comedy series premiered in April 2021 and follows two friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who, after learning of the removal of a divisive statue in their small town, suddenly find their relationship close tested. A critical success hailed for its Indigenous portrayal, Rutherford Falls season 2 released in June, dropping all 8 new episodes at once. Developed alongside Ed Helms and Michael Schur, Ornelas also served as executive producer and showrunner on Rutherford Falls.


Now, after learning of the show’s cancellation, Ornelas shares how proud she is of the show and reflects on all she’s accomplished. In a statement released via Deadlinethe co-creator says it was “an honorto positively portray Indian country to a wide audience. She also notes how the series has touched her and others, and adds that she will be looking at other platforms where her story can continue. Read Ornelas’ full statement below:

It was a real pleasure to realize these two seasons of Rutherford Falls. Mike Schur, Ed Helms and I set out to create something new, real and smart – but also stupid – that made you cry and think, but also laugh when Reagan was kicked in the face or that Nathan was stuffed into a coffin. Borrowing a line from Terry Thomas, played by the ridiculously talented Michael Greyeyes, before our show, “Native representation [was], for the most part, a hate crime. Hence it was an honor to present the best of Indian Country to the masses.

We remain overwhelmed with critical response, earning a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score in our second season, and while we’re sad our time at Peacock is over, we’re immensely grateful to them for choosing us and showcasing us. talents. from comedy legend Ed Helms and stars like Jana Schmieding, Jesse Leigh, Dana Wilson, Dallas Goldtooth, Kaniehtiio Horn and more. We love these characters, the world we’ve created and the impact it’s had, and we’ll be exploring other platforms where hopefully the folks of Rutherford Falls can call home.”

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As Peacock scrambles to find paying subscribers, the streaming platform’s removal of original content seemed imminent and could likely continue. Ornelas commented Rutherford Falls‘ Native writers before, sharing how much she loved, including exciting and different stories. Having such representation in front of and behind the screen is something fans love. Rutherford Falls appreciated, and it will be interesting to see if the series can find a new home to better bring that to light.

Source: Deadline