Friday, July 30, 2021

'The Astronauts' Actor Hints That Nickelodeon Has Decided Not to Renew Series for Second Season

When Nickelodeon premiered The Astronauts in November 2020, it became an instant favorite with viewers. Across 10 30-minute episodes, season one of the live-action series followed a group of kids who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they are mistakenly launched into space. With the season finale airing in January 2021, fans have been wondering if the series will get a second season. Unfortunately, it sounds like Nickelodeon has opted not to renew the series for season two.

In The Astronauts, the spacecraft Odyssey II is set to launch on a mission to retrieve a foreign object that could potentially save mankind.  The plan quickly goes awry when five untrained kids use their parents’ security clearances to sneak onto the empty ship.  Soon after they board, the onboard AI system triggers the launch sequence.  Unable to stop the ship from blasting off, the kids must assume their new role as astronauts and brave harrowing tasks, as their parents rush to find a way to take control of the situation.

The group traveling together through space are: Samantha “Samy” Sawyer-Wei, played by Miya Cech (Are You Afraid of the Dark?Always Be My Maybe); Elliott Combs, played by Bryce Gheisar (WonderA Dog’s Purpose); Martin Taylor, played by Keith L. Williams (Good BoysThe Last Man on Earth); Doria Taylor, played by Kayden Grace Swan (A Black Lady Sketch Show); and Will Rivers, played by Ben Daon (Child’s Play).  Matilda, the ship’s onboard AI system, is voiced by Paige Howard (The EmployerAdventureland).

The Astronauts launched to stellar ratings on Friday, November 13, winning the day with Kids 6-11 across all TV for L+SD and L+3. The premiere posted a +31% increase with Kids 6-11, up from 1.3 (L+SD) to 1.7 (L+3).  It also saw a double digit increase in L+3 ratings (+55%) year over year. Additionally, The Astronauts delivered a strong co-viewing audience with 40% of Adults 18-49 watching the series premiere with a Kid 6-11. The series has gone on to snag nominations in a raft of awards, including the Daytime Emmy Awards and Directors Guild of America Awards.

Whilst speaking to Nerds and Beyond, about his passion for writing and acting, Albert Nicholas, who portrayed Charlie Collins on The Astronauts hinted that there are no plans for a second season.

"I’d love to do film more than anything, There actually aren’t a lot of movies that film here, but it’s very TV based," said Nicholas, adding "[i]f The Astronauts continued for more season there would have been opportunity for me to request to start shadowing. I’m currently researching and asking people about directing though."

Nicholas saying "if The Astronauts continued for more season" suggests that Nickelodeon has unfortunately decided not to order a new season.

Originally published: July 30, 2021.

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