White Lines' first season was fueled by raves and drugs. It also featured a murder mystery. But it wasn’t enough to entice Netflix to renew the series for a second season.
White Lines, a Netflix Original Crime Mystery Drama is created by Alex Pina (the man behind the international sensation Money Heist).
End of Official Netflix Renewal Status (Last Updated on 18/08/2020).
White Lines was available on Netflix for three more months at the time this update was posted. Netflix has now confirmed that it won’t be renewing White Lines, and that the series has ended.
One of the most vocal actors of the series, Daniel Mays, was the one to reveal the Netflix cancelation of Alex Pina’s drug-fueled series.
Mays spoke out about NME's series in a interview:
We all just took it as red, all of the actors, that it was going to go again because it was obviously number 1 on Netflix’s ratings for so many weeks and it went all across Europe and the world and did so well. If ever there was a hit, this was it, but for whatever reason, they’re not renewing it
The logistics involved in filming White Lines' second season, which was shot across Europe and several other countries, are partly to blame. Filming became increasingly challenging due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The majority of Originals halted filming through 2020. Only a few Originals have returned to production since then.
Mays also suggested that the tied upending of knowing who Axel’s killer is didn’t help:
Part of me thinks it was tied up, you found out who killed Axel, so it works as a limited series but it clearly also had scope going forward for much more
Other than the story itself, popularity could also be a factor in cancelling the series. The series enjoyed a huge fan base in Britain, and was ranked as the top-rated TV show for 53 consecutive days. White Lines was only 13 days at the top of the ten in America.
It would not have been surprising to see most of the cast return to White Lines for Season 2.
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|Zoe||Laura Haddock||Guardians of the Galaxy | The Inbetweeners Movie | Transformers: The Last Knight|
|Boxer||Nuno Lopes||Lines of Wellington | Saint George | Goodnight Irene|
|Marcus||Daniel Mays||Rogue One | Mr. Nobody | The Bank Job|
|Kika||Marta Milans||Shazam! | High Maintenance | No Tomorrow|
|Oriol||Juan Diego Botto||La Celestina | 1492: Conquest of Paradise | iHay motivo!|
|Andreu||Pedro Casablanc||B | Isabel | Superlopez|
|Conchita||Belén López||15 Years and One Day | Holmes & Watson Madrid Days | The Distance|
|Anna||Angela Griffin||Fiona Middleton | Waterloo Road | Cutting It|
|David||Laurence Fox||The Hole | Becoming Jane | Elizabeth: The Golden Age|
|Jenny||Tallulah Evans||Son of Rambow | Penelope | Island West|
Tom Rhy Harries was the actor that played murdered DJ Axel Collins. He had discussed White Lines 2 with LADbible.
Harries said the following to LADbible
I know that there are recces happening for season two; they’re location scouting, if and when that goes ahead or that was happening prior to the global pandemic.
But I think everybody would be really keen to go back and visit Alex [Pina]’s world again because it’s just so out there and colorful and sort of bonkers. It’s just a fun place to live in for a little bit.
Harries went into further detail on a discussion that’s been had regarding the future of the series, and the potential to see Axel Collins rise in Ibiza before his untimely demise:
There’s a couple of years on the island, where Axel, my character, and the younger cast members, we don’t see them establishing their sort of clubs there. Because at the end I own five clubs at the point of my death, so there’s a world where we could explore those missing years.
At the most, it appears that before the global pandemic, whereabouts scouting continued. So while it looked like there was potential for a second season, perhaps it was the lockdown that’s stopped the series from returning after all.
With the cancelation of White Lines, don’t expect to see the second season anytime soon.
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