“The First” Canceled By Hulu

Hulu has canceled The First after one season.

The Beau Willimon series starring Sean Penn will not be returning for a second season. 

The big-budget drama starred the two-time Oscar winner. Set in the future, it followed Penn as an an astronaut leading a crew attempting to become the first humans to set foot on Mars. The First also starred Natasha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Keiko Agena and Hannah Ware.

Back when it was ordered to series, Willimon said, “It’s a story about the human spirit. About our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons. About people working toward the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. And about the cost of that vision, the danger and sacrifice – emotional, psychological, and physical – that’s required to achieve it. How ordinary, imperfect people band together and overcome a myriad of obstacles to grasp the extraordinary.”

The First first aired in September and received unenthusiastic reviews.