Up Here Was Canceled Ahead Of A Potential Season 2

Hulu’s musical rom-com followed a creative couple in 1999 New York.

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Carlos Valdes and Mae Whitman in 'Up Here.' Photo via Hulu
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As co-creators Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez told Bustle back in March, their new Hulu musical rom-com was infused with Broadway sensibilities — from an abundance of original songs to guest stars who will be familiar to theatergoers. But after Up Here made its eight-episode debut on March 24, it seems the show’s intermission has turned into a conclusion. That is, Up Here was canceled ahead of a potential Season 2 on Hulu, Variety reports.

Up Here followed Lindsay and Miguel as they navigated a new relationship in 1999 New York, all while working to quell the critical voices in each other’s heads. The final few minutes of Season 1 saw Lindsay and Miguel finally reunite, just in time to welcome in the new year (and new millennium). However, the happy moment ended in chaos: Lindsay said she’d been experiencing nausea, heartburn, and extreme hunger over the last few weeks — and it dawned on her that she may very well be pregnant.

The twist set up a natural Season 2 — and the show’s creative team was definitely planning for one. “There’s a lot to work with,” Anderson-Lopez told Bustle upon the show’s release. “Hopefully we get to do more of it.”

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Sadly, Lindsay and Miguel’s story ends here. But if you want to relive all the catchy musical numbers, you can still do that. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the musical rom-com will remain on Hulu. That might seem like a given — but Hulu and Disney+ recently removed several original titles from their platforms, including Dollface and The World According to Jeff Goldblum, so the fate of canceled shows feels less certain these days.

In addition to Mae Whitman and Carlos Valdes as Lindsay and Miguel, Up Here starred Katie Finneran, John Hodgman, and Sophia Hammons as Lindsay’s inner critics, and Andréa Burns, Emilia Suárez, and Scott Porter as Miguel’s.

The cast is still collaborating in other ways, though. Whitman and Valdes showed their support for the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes from the picket line in a recent Instagram post.

“No one wants to be on strike but we are at an historical turning point where we HAVE to stand up for what is fair and to keep all of the members of our industry protected,” Whitman wrote in the July 26 post, adding that “it’s time for these enormous monolith executives and studios to stop making billions off artists and cast and crew and unfairly hoarding it all and also trying to make us human beings completely obsolete with AI???”

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