Netflix has announced that its romantic comedy series Love will end with season 3, and assigned the season a 2018 premiere date. With reports of the massive debt that the service has racked up, Netflix seems to have become a lot more willing to cancel original series that don't become big hits. That said, Love at least got three seasons to tell its story, and appears to be going out on a note the creators and producers are happy with. That's more than a lot of canceled shows get.
Love premiered on Netflix in February 2016, carrying the premise of presenting a romantic comedy in a more realistic fashion, highlighting both the ups and downs of a relationship as it first forms, solidifies, and then sometimes seemingly combusts. The lead couple is Gus (Paul Rust, who also co-created the series) and Mickey (Community's Gillian Jacobs). Critics have been very kind to Love, which premiered season 2 in early 2017.
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Now, Deadline reports that Netflix has decided to end Love with its third and now final season. Love season 3 will premiere on the service on March 9, 2018, just under a year to the day of season 2's premiere. It's unclear how many episodes will comprise Love season 3. Season 1 consisted of 10 episodes, while season 2 bumped things up to 12. Series co-creator Judd Apatow offered the following comment on the final season:
"I am really excited about the third season of Love. I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way."
Whether that "beautiful" ending will include Gus and Mickey ending up together for good or not remains to be seen, as their relationship has certainly been through some rough patches already. While the traditional romantic comedy formula would demand that the lead couple get a happy ending, in reality, sometimes relationships just don't work out, no matter how hard people try to make them. With Love's more down-to-earth approach to the genre, it's not impossible to think that it might go the way of the characters realizing they just aren't right for each other.
Other original series recently given the axe by Netflix include Bloodline, Sense8, Marco Polo, The Get Down, and Gypsy. All things considered, Love got treated pretty well. Netflix originally picked up the show with a straight-to-series, 2-season order. They easily could have ended it there, but opted to give fans a proper final season.
Love season 3 hits Netflix on March 9, 2018.