Netflix has allegedly passed on a Miami-based Selling Sunset spinoff featuring a diverse cast, one of the stars of the now-cancelled Selling Tampa tells Page Six in a new interview.
Opening up about Netflix’s decision to cancel Selling Tampa after just one season, cast member Juawana Colbert revealed that the streaming service had actually filmed a pilot for a Miami-based Selling Sunset spinoff that would have featured a diverse cast of Latin and black men and women.
“For some reason, they said no to it,” she explained to the gossip outlet. “What are they going to say yes to? Do they need to have four black cast members that are basically another [Selling Sunset star] Christine Quinn? Like, what’s going on?”
According to Page Six’s insider, Netflix allegedly wants “model-like people” who are “wealthy,” “young” and “fit” for the new show it is working on in Miami.
Selling Tampa cancelled, will not return for Season 2
As previously reported, Netflix has decided to cancel Selling Tampa, the franchise’s first spinoff featuring an all-Black cast, after just one season and the series will not return for Season 2.
The cast was reportedly told about the show’s future in a Zoom call just last week but Juawana Colbert suspects there are more nefarious reasons for Netflix’s decision. “When they show us [black women] in a different light — when we’re bickering, fighting and name-calling — they get a Season 2 and Season 3, but that’s not what we were displaying,” she said. “I feel like we weren’t given a second chance, possibly because of what we represented as minority women.”
“Adam [the show’s creator] specifically said [the decision] was related to numbers but never gave any additional information,” she explained. “I don’t know if he was talking about rating numbers or budget numbers. He just said numbers.”
“We know that [Selling Tampa] was No. 1 in multiple countries, and it did fairly well,” a source previously told Page Six. “Obviously, it’s not going to be a Selling Sunset Season 5. … It’s just weird. All of a sudden this all-black cast doesn’t even get a chance for a Season 2.”
Selling Tampa first premiered on Netflix back in December 2021 and the cast consists entirely of women of color. In addition to Juawana, the series featured realtors Colony Reeves, Anne-Sophie Petit, Tennille Moore, Karla Giorgo, Rena Frazier, and Alexis Williams of Allure Realty, which is lead by Sharelle Rosado, fiancée of former NFL player Chad Johnson.
Selling Sunset is set to return with Season 5 next year while Selling The OC, the Orange County-based spinoff that premiered just a few months ago, is also rumoured to be returning with another season.