Yesterday, Netflix/CBC announced that ‘Anne with an E’, the cult favorite ‘Anne of Green Gables’ drama based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Canadian literary heroine, would be canceled after three seasons.
Within hours, over 20,000 supporters in the US and Canada signed a viral Change.org petition calling for renewal.
“I’m sorry for the sad Netflix/CBC news today,” executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett wrote yesterday on Instagram.
“I wish it could be different but it cannot. We have reached the end of the red Green Gables road after three wonderful seasons. My heart is heavy but I am so proud of this show — proud of my talented cast, crew, writers, and directors for working together so passionately to bring my vision of [Anne With an E] to life.”
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Beloved fans & friends of #AWAE, I’m sorry for the sad Netflix/CBC news today 🧡 I wish it could be different but it cannot. We have reached the end of the red Green Gables road after 3 wonderful seasons. My heart is heavy but I am so proud of this show – proud of my talented cast, crew, writers, and directors for working together so passionately to bring my vision of #annewithane to life 🧡 I am grateful and humbled by this experience and I truly feel blessed to have had the opportunity to share this beautiful, meaningful story with all of you, my kindred spirits🌿 I know you have loved this series as much as I have and I thank you for that forever and a day 🧡 🦋#annewithane #neverforget #kindredspiritsforever #differentisntbaditsjustnotthesame #beautyisallaroundyou #sharethelight #adventureawaits #lovethenaturalworld #aheadbyacentury #practicekindness #loveoneanother #loveisloveislove #beagoodfriend #maketheworldbetter #foreverandaday 🧡 PS: I have many more pics and stories to share 🧡🌱 Love, MWB 🦉🙋🏼♀️ photo @michaelkuijl
Netflix and CBC issued the following joint statement: “We’ve been thrilled to bring the quintessentially Canadian story of Anne With an E to viewers around the world. We’re thankful to producers Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier and to the talented cast and crew for their incredible work in sharing Anne’s story with a new generation. We hope fans of the show love this final season as much as we do, and that it brings a satisfying conclusion to Anne’s journey.”
Fans disagreed, taking to Twitter under the hashtag #SaveAnneWithAnE in the US and Canada and #RenewAnneWithAnE in the UK, both of which were trending in the top 10 this morning. Fans even philosophised and created memes pleading for renewal.
— Ezrie Sears (@Ezrielamont) November 26, 2019