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Sex/Life cancelled by Netflix just days after Sarah Shahi criticised 'gimmicky' season 2

Ali Condon

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Sex/Life cancelled by Netflix just days after Sarah Shahi criticised 'gimmicky' season 2

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Sex/Life has officially been cancelled by Netflix, just weeks after its second, steamy season dropped on the streaming platform.

The hotly anticipated second season tied up some loose ends for conflicted mum and housewife, Billie Mann Connelly (Sarah Shahi), who was struggling with her romantic feelings for her ex, Brad Simon (Adam Demos).

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But it's not that simple, since Brad has not only moved on from her, but is expecting a child with another woman.

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As if that wasn't enough, Billie is also coming to terms with the end of her marriage to Cooper Connelly (Mike Vogel).

With all that drama to sink your teeth into, it was a little surprising that season two was a bit of a let-down for fans.

And they weren't alone in their disappointment, either.

The series was cancelled just days after star Sarah Shahi complained about the making of season two, warning that Netflix bosses wouldn't be too happy with what she had to say.

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"It became a much different thing for me, and I’m not afraid to say that," she told the Not Skinny But Not Fat podcast.

"I struggled with the material. … I mean, I’m never going to work for Netflix again now after saying all this. I just can’t lie."

She added that it was a 'bummer' that her scenes with her real-life boyfriend Demos were scaled back.

“I really liked our stories and I like working with him," she complained.

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Sex/Life has been cancelled on Netflix. Credit: Netflix
Sex/Life has been cancelled on Netflix. Credit: Netflix

"He was a brilliant scene partner. [In Season 2,] I was working so much and he was working so little. He’s, like, in 60 seconds of the entire thing. I never saw him.”

She continued that some of the storylines in the new six-episode season felt 'gimmicky' compared to season one.

The second season of Sex/Life quickly tied things up for Billie and Brad when - spoiler alert - the pair are finally reunited and get married on a beach.

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But showrunner Stacy Rukeyser has been very open about the fact that that's not how the series was supposed to end.

"The episode was never intended to be a series finale, that’s for sure,” she told The Hollywood Reporter just after season two premiered.

"I know there are always more stories to tell with these characters in the Sex/Life universe, and I hope we get the chance to tell those stories.

Sarah Shahi wasn't totally happy with how season two unfolded. Credit: Netflix
Sarah Shahi wasn't totally happy with how season two unfolded. Credit: Netflix
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"It was important that we get to a meaningful place with each character this season.”

Whether or not another production company will pick up Sex/Life remains to be seen.

But, until then, Sarah Shahi will be busy working on ABC legal drama Judgement, so we haven't seen the last of her yet!

Topics: Netflix, TV And Film, Celebrity

Ali Condon
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