Warning: Spoilers ahead. Ever since it first hit Netflix in September 2020, fans have been seriously obsessed with the series Julie and the Phantoms. The coming-of-age story followed stars Madison Reyes, Charlie Gillespie, Owen Joyner, Jeremy Shada, Booboo Stewart, Cheyenne Jackson, Carlos Ponce, Sonny Bustamante, Jadah Marie, Sacha Carlson, and Savannah Lee May after the ghosts of three dreamy musicians from 1995 appear in main character Julie’s music studio just as she loses her passion for music. Throughout the first season, fans watched as the teen gets inspired to start making music again and creates a new band with the three boys.
After its global success, Julie and the Phantoms was nominated for 13 Emmy Awards in 2021. Following the news, Madison took to Instagram Stories and told fans she was “speechless.” The actress also teamed up with costars Owen and Charlie for an Instagram Live in June 2021 and updated fans on the future of the show. While they didn’t confirm anything at the time, the stars definitely pleaded with Netflix for more episodes. “It seems like they’re working on it, but no official pickup yet,” Charlie said at the end of the cast’s livestream.
Months later, executive producer Kenny Ortega announced via social media that the show had been canceled.
“We learned this week that Netflix will not be picking us up for another season,” he shared in December 2021. “Although our hearts are saddened, we move on with such pride for what we accomplished as a team and the family we built while creating Julie. We hope you will continue to follow us as we move forward with our work and careers.”
Although viewers have created tons of petitions to bring back the show, Kenny updated fans in March 2022, explaining that nothing is in the works just yet.
“I feel it’s some of the best work I’ve done for kids and family, and young adult entertainment. I’m proud of it,” he told Deadline. “And if it never happens again and it doesn’t have an afterlife, I’m grateful that it exists. I hope it exists forever so others can find it and watch it over the years.”
The creator added: “But you know, anything is possible. I don’t want to jinx it. If Netflix wants to carry on with it anytime in the future, perhaps someone else will be interested in it. Perhaps we could tour the kids as a music group or maybe a film. But for now, there are no plans.”
After season 1 came to an end, the show’s cast and crew had actually spilled a lot of tea on what hoped to see in a second season. , and yes, a love interest between Julie and Luke is number one on everyone’s list of storylines!
“They had a strong connection when it comes to songwriting and … if we were to get our second season, that’s where their strongest connection will be because it’s hard enough to be in a relationship,” showrunner Dan Cross told Entertainment Tonight in September 2020. “It’s even harder to be in a relationship with somebody in your own band, and it’s even harder to be in a relationship with somebody that’s dead.”
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