The show, hailed for its authentic Latino representation, never appeared in the Netflix Top 10 with the new season. That likely played a part in the streamer’s cancellation decision, which typically factors in cost, viewership and critical acclaim.
Gentefied, from creators Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chávez and executive producer America Ferrera, follows East Los Angeles Latinos on their respective and collective search for the American Dream. Season 2 tackles Erik Morales (JJ Soria) and his cousin Chris’s (Carlos Santos) struggle to keep Pops (Joaquin Cosio) in the country while dealing with new love, new babies, estranged fathers and tracking down Bad Bunny at a Halloween party. They fight to thrive, but along the way question where they truly belong in a world made up of borders, family separation, and the potential loss of their beloved taco shop, Mama Fina’s.
A Netflix production, Gentefied also starred Annie Gonzalez, Karrie Martin Lachney and Julissa Calderon and Season 2 additions Melinna Bobadilla, Manuel Uriza, Ivana Rojas and Clarissa Thibeaux. The series was executive produced by Lemus, Chávez, Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez of Macro, Ferrera of Take Fountain, Aaliyah Williams, Kim Roth, and Teri Weinberg of Yellow Brick Road.
Chávez and Lemus both have new TV projects in the works, the former via an overall deal with 20th Television, and the latter directing/executive producing Hipster Death Rattle at the CW. Ferrera, who also directed a total of four episodes of Gentefied, has her next directing project with Netflix – the film I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – adapted by Chávez and produced by Macro.
In addition to I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, new Latinx-themed Netflix projects announced in 2021 include On My Block spinoff Freeridge and Griselda with Sofia Vergara set to EP and star.