Emme Gill had endured five years of bullying at school when she first discovered “Anne With an E.” She says she believes the TV series saved her life.
Hailey Cherone found “Anne” when she was in “a very dark place” in her first year of college, feeling lost and unseen, but watching it “made me want to see the beauty in the darkness.”
They’re among many fans from around the world desperately trying to save the show after Netflix and CBC announced its cancellation on Monday.
Since then, they’ve been relentlessly tweeting (#SaveAnneWithanE and #RenewAnneWithanE), sending messages to CBC and Netflix executives, signing petitions, posting Instagram videos and telling everyone they know to watch “Anne” to bump up its viewership.
Whether it makes a difference remains to be seen. Anne Shirley-Cuthbert herself, a.k.a. actor Amybeth McNulty, posted a video telling fans bluntly, “It is the end.”
The CBC also seemed to throw cold water on a renewal of the series, which is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s “Anne of Green Gables” novels and debuted in 2017.
When the Star asked for comment on why the show had been cancelled, an emailed response came from Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of programming: “While we appreciate the outpouring of support from fans of the show, Netflix and CBC agreed that Season 3 of ‘Anne With an E’ would be the final season.”
We’ve been thrilled to bring the quintessentially Canadian story of #AnneWithAnE to viewers around the world. We’re thankful to producers @YoWalleyB & @MirandadeP & the talented cast & crew for their incredible work in sharing Anne’s story with a new generation. #kindredspirits pic.twitter.com/HCZW2g2mda
— Anne with an E (@AnneTheSeries) November 25, 2019
TV writer Bill Brioux pointed out on his website that the series hadn’t been a ratings hit for CBC, averaging just over 400,000 viewers per episode in its third season, which just finished on the Canadian network but won’t be seen on Netflix until January.