The story of the first season focuses on a black teenager named Brenton Butler, from Jersey City, being accidentally hit and critically injured by a car driven by a white police officer. As police are called to the scene, Brenton is assumed to be dead and a cover-up ensues. Racial tensions explode in the face of injustice and the absence of quick resolution of the case.
Vice President of Originals at Netflix, Cindy Holland, released a statement saying:
We loved working with Veena Sud, Regina King and the cast and crew of Seven Seconds. Together they created a compelling, timely and relevant crime drama. The first season is a complete, stand-alone story that we are proud to feature on Netflix for years to come
The cancellation comes a few months after Fox 21 Television Studios President Bert Salke, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and hoped that the series could run for additional seasons, featuring old characters returning along with new faces in an anthology format as the series would remain rooted in Jersey City. He said:
This I think in our mind can go on for four or five (seasons), even more. Each year will be a chapter … in the book about that city and what’s going on in the struggle to survive in urban America today.
Now I haven’t been able to check out the first season yet, but I’ve heard good things from those that have so I know this cancellation news will disappoint a few people. The reports state that it’s likely Netflix will submit Seven Seconds as a limited series drama for Emmy consideration.
Seven Seconds stars Regina King, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Michael Mosley, David Lyons, Russell Hornsby, Raúl Castillo, Patrick Murney, Zackary Momoh and Michelle Veintimilla.