Created by Kagiso Lediga, Queen Sono is a South African crime drama streaming television series. It premiered on 28th February, 2020 on Netflix. It is Netflix’s first African series.
This six-episode thriller follows the story of a secret South African Clandestine agent played by Pearl Thusi. She is a spy who is fighting to protect her country and the continent. She works towards solving the mystery behind her mother’s death who was a freedom fighter and anti-apartheid leader.
The show received positive reviews by the critics on its release. They praised the direction, the cinematography and action sequences. The performances of the cast were applauded specially that of Thusi, Dabula and Kubeka.
On 28th April, 2020 the series was renewed by Netflix for another season. Unfortunately, TV industry has been going through a wave of reverse renewal phase due to the current pandemic situation. The streaming giant axed the authentic South African thriller along with many other shows. It can be stated that the renewal was rescinded due to production challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Netflix, in a statement said,
“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with Season 2 of Queen Sono. A huge thank you to our fans across the world for the love shared for our first African Original Series.”
The statement continued saying,
“Netflix is also grateful to the… cast and crew for their stellar efforts in creating this show for our members around the world. We’ll continue to work closely with South Africa’s creative industry to keep producing more compelling ‘Made-in-South Africa’ stories.”
Some other shows whose renewal have been reversed include Netflix’s GLOW and The Society, ABC’s Stumptown, truTV’s I’m Sorry and Showtime’s On Becoming A God in Central Florida.
Kagiso Lediga, the series creator also stated,
“We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times. Another casualty of 2020. Thank you to all the fans and awesome team behind Queen Sono for the magic”
Hence Netflix’s Queen Sono has been dethroned and it has broken the hearts of many of its fans.