Regional Commonwealth Games host cities ‘gutted’ by cancellation

Regional sporting clubs and communities are “gutted” by the Victorian government’s decision to cancel the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The government had promised to host the 12-day, world-class sporting event in regional Victoria, but Premier Daniel Andrews this morning said a major cost blowout meant he has sought to terminate the contract.

The state government has committed to a $2 billion spending package for regional Victoria to make up for the loss of the Games, which was to act as a boost for facilities in the host centres.

Bendigo Bowls Club president Geoff Briggs said he was very disappointed to hear the Commonwealth Games would not go ahead.

“I felt absolutely gutted. Absolutely deflated,” he said.

“What a kick in the guts this is going to be for lots of communities.

“To have the Games in regional cities, and here in Bendigo, it was so exciting. It was exciting for everybody — for youngsters, for oldies … now it’s a real feeling of disappointment.”


Mr Briggs understood the club would still have its facilities upgraded but is seeking clarification from the state government

“We’ve spent hundreds of hours on this. We had so many plans put in front of us for the development of the club. There are a lot of unanswered questions,” he said.

Athletes disappointed 

Bendigo cyclist Alessia McCaig represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last year.

Her home city was set to host the track and para track cycling as part of the 2026 Games.

“I was really looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd and having the opportunity to have a lot my friends and family there watching me,” McCaig said.

Alessia McCaig was looking forward to competing in Games cycling events in front of a home crowd. (ABC Central Victoria: Shannon Schubert)

McCaig said she had also been looking forward to the Commonwealth Games bringing athletes and spectators from around Australia to the Bendigo area for track cycling.

She had written to Deputy Premier Jacinta Allan to advocate for track cycling to be staged in Bendigo.

Cost blowout questions 

The government had previously spruiked the Commonwealth Games as a major economic boost for the regional host cities of Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Gippsland.

Greater Shepparton City Mayor Shane Sali said the decision was “devastating”.

The northern Victorian region helped launch regional Victoria’s bid for the Games in 2017.

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Shepparton Mayor Shane Sali said questions need to be asked about the government’s claims of a cost blow-out. (Supplied: Greater Shepparton City Council )

The mayor said he was taken aback by the scale of the financial woes proposed.

“How does a $2.6 billion project, [after] a year or two, blow out to $6-7 billion? I think that’s the question that needs to be asked,” he told ABC Victoria Statewide Mornings.

Cr Sali said it was imperative that money promised to the regions was still delivered.

Shepparton was slated to host the BMX competition, but was not selected as an athlete hub. 

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20 Netflix Series That Were Canceled Too Soon | Wealth of Geeks

Netflix, a popular streaming service that offers a wide variety of tv shows, movies, documentaries, and more, has been known to put the brakes on fast – canceling shows without mercy. Subscribers have now learned not to get too attached to their favorite shows, as there is always the possibility that the streaming service will just cancel a show without much reason.

In 2022 the streaming service has already canceled many of its shows. Some of these shows that completed their first season with stellar reviews and even cracked Netflix’s most-watched list.

At this point, we are wondering what makes a show successful on Netflix. Here are the shows we think were canceled too soon this year on Netflix.

1. On the Verge

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The comedy series On The Verge will not return for a second season, as reported by its creator and star, Julie Delpy. When a fan asked Delpy for an update on season two on Instagram, the actress said that the show had been canceled and that its distributors “forgot to announce it was canceled.”

‘On The Verge’ followed four female friends in their late 40s – played by Delpy, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Jones, and Alexia Landeau. They chose to use midlife not as a time of mourning their youth, but as an opportunity for personal reinvention, with the hope of finally living lives that embodied their beliefs and values.

The show premiered in September last year and ran for 12 half-hour episodes. The Los Angeles set series was a co-production between French TV channel Canal+ and Netflix.

2. Archive 81

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Archive 81 was canceled after one season. This supernatural thriller-horror show disappointed many fans when Netflix suddenly canceled it. The cancelation was first reported by Deadline. The cancellation was seen as surprising, as it was featured in Netflix’s top ten ratings for originals and even briefly hit the number one spot in the US streaming ratings.

3. The Baby-Sitters Club

The Baby-Sitters Club Shay Rudolph, Sophie Grace, Momona Tamada, Malia Baker
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This contemporary dramedy that follows the friendship and adventure of seven friends as they start their own babysitting business in Stoneybrook, Conn., was canceled after two seasons. This show was based on the book series written by Ann M. Martin.

The show was created by Rachel Shukert and starred Sophie Grace, Momona Tamada, Shay Rudolph, Malia Baker, and Alicia Silverstone. Throughout the two seasons, it garnered attention for its nostalgia. Shukert was confused when Netflix decided to end the show, explaining, “It’s not like no one watched it. For whatever reason, the right people didn’t watch it at the right time for Netflix right now.”

4. Gentefied

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This show takes you into the lives of the Morales cousins as they scramble to save their grandfather’s taco shop and pursue their dreams as gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood.

This show was canceled because it never managed to breach the Netflix Top 10 list in terms of viewership. This probably contributed to their decision to cancel the series despite many positive reviews and a 96% certified fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes.

5. Cooking With Paris

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Cooking With Paris came out in 2021 and was all about Paris Hilton in the kitchen. Reviewers said that she was turning the traditional cooking show upside down. Can she cook? Kind of? She’s not a trained chef and is not trying to be. Paris made various recipes with celebrity friends such as Kim Kardashian, Nikki Glaser, Demi Lovato, Saweetie, Lele Pons, and mother Kathy and sister Nicky Hilton.

But unlike other celebrity-driven reality shows, this one wasn’t solid enough to survive the Netflix ax.

6. Another Life

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Another Life is about astronaut Niko Breckenridge and how her young crew faces unimaginable danger as they go on a high-risk mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact.

It was in December 2021 that fans got somewhat of a hint that the show may have been canceled.

Responding to a viral tweet, Katee Sackhoff suggests that the original poster saying that Netflix doesn’t allow any show to get three seasons was correct. The second season featured on the Netflix top 10 but didn’t make any meaningful impact. The show failed to appear in Netflix US TV top 10 at all.

On February 21st, there was confirmation that Another Life had been canceled at Netflix.

In a tweet, Katee Sackhoff said:

“I’d like to thank every single person who watched & supported Another Life on @netflix To our crew & cast, thank you for always working so hard & being prepared. I wish we could do more seasons, but sadly it’s just not in the cards 🚀 See you on the next adventure ❤️ Love Niko.”

7. Bone

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Bone was a popular independently published graphic novel series that was written and illustrated by Jeff Smith. The books were scheduled to become a new Netflix series, but the show didn’t even make it to air before it was reportedly canceled in April. Sadly, this is the third attempt to bring Fone, Phoney and Smiley to the small screen, and probably the last.

8. Raising Dion

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Raising Dion is a show about a single widowed mom that discovers her son has super powers and tries to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly. The show was produced by Michael B. Jordan and was not renewed after two seasons. The cancellation was announced on Instagram by actor Sammi Haney and confirmed by Variety.

9. Pretty Smart

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Pretty Smart was about a self-proclaimed intellectual who is forced to move in with her carefree sister and her sister’s lovably eccentric friends. It starred Emily Osmond, Gregg Sulkin, and Olivia Macklin and ran for ten episodes in total. When season one ended, and things were silent for months, it was announced at the end of April that the show was done.

The show was able to reach the Netflix US top ten list but only spent three days in that position. Its highest ranking was in eighth place.

10. Space Force

Space Force Steve Carell, Ben Schwartz, Rahul Nath, Thomas Ohrstrom, Jimmy O. Yang
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Space Force was known as one of Netflix’s biggest comedy projects to date with The Office’s Steve Carrell. However, despite major cost-cutting, it wasn’t enough for the show to continue and therefore was canceled as of April.

The show was about people who were tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services: The Space Force. Along with Carrell, John Malkovich, Lisa Kudrow, and Ben Schwartz starred, with Tim Meadows joining the show for the second season.

11. Gypsy

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Gypsy was known as one of the shortest-running shows on Netflix, having been canceled just weeks after its first season. We think it was due to Naomi Watts going to star in her own Netflix Original series. However, once the director of 50 Shades of Grey came on board, it was clear where the show was heading. This was a low-key series about a psychiatrist who is ultimately bored of her life and seeks new excitements… often with her clients.

12. The Punisher

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The Punisher surrounds Marine veteran Frank Castle and the murder of his family. Frank becomes the vigilante known as “The Punisher,” intending to avenge his family. The show starred Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, and Ben Barnes.

The show was canceled at the beginning of 2019, and all of the Marvel Netflix series were removed from the network on March 1st, 2022. The license for all of the ‘street level’ Marvel shows reverted to Disney, and began streaming on Disney+ from March 16th. With Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin making recent appearances in the MCU, the door seems to be wide open for Berenthal’s Punisher to join the mainline Marvel Cinematic Universe as well.

13. Seven Seconds

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Seven Seconds is about African American citizens whose tensions run high between them and Caucasian cops in Jersey City when a cop critically injures a teenage African American boy.

Originally the show was laid out to be an anthological series. Despite that intention, Netflix axed the show on April 19th.

Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content at Netflix, said, “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.”

14. Everything Sucks

Everything Sucks Sydney Sweeney, Rio Mangini, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling
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Everything Sucks takes place in 1990s Oregon, where high school A/V club members clash with the drama club. It starred Jahi Di’Allo, Peyton Kennedy, and Patch Darragh.

Earlier in 2018, the show was canceled and faced huge fan backlash. Netflix offered its condolences and explained its cancellation. It also suggested that the show is dead and buried at this point.

Holland says she was passionate about #EverythingSucks, but the completion rate for the season was below average. Thus, the axe. #TCA18

— Kate Aurthur (@KateAurthur), July 29th, 2018

15. Disjointed

Disjointed Kathy Bates, Aaron Moten, Elizabeth Ho, Tone Bell, Elizabeth Alderfer, Dougie Baldwin
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Disjointed is about cannabis legend Ruth Whitefeather Feldman who employs her newly graduated son and a team of young “budtenders” to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary. It starred Kathy Bates, Aaron Moten, and Elizabeth Alderfer.

In the beginning, the show received a 20-episode first season order at the streamer in 2016. The first half of the season debuted in August 2018, and the second half premiered at the beginning of 2019. Chuck Lorre and The Daily Show alum David Javerbaum served as writers and executive producers. The critics, however, were not too pleased with this series, only giving it a 23 percent critic approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (and an 80 percent audience approval rating).

16. Bloodline

Bloodline Norbet Leo Butz
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Bloodline is about a family forced to face their past secrets and scars when the black sheep returns home. It starred Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, and Linda Cardellini.

The show was canceled on Netflix after its third season. Cindy Holland, Netflix’s vice president of original content, confirmed the cancellation in a press statement.

Bloodline season three will be the show’s final season,” Holland said.

She continued, “[Executive producers] Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler (KZK) are thoughtful and visionary storytellers who lead a prestigious cast that includes Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn, who have both garnered two Emmy nominations for their roles on the series. Together, with our collaborative partners at Sony Pictures Television, they created a seductive show that Netflix viewers worldwide love and continue to discover. We are looking forward to the exciting climax KZK has in store for the series conclusion in May 2017.”

17. The Get Down

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The Get Down was a series from Baz Luhrman about a ragtag group of teenagers who ran wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s. It starred Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, and Herizen F. Guardiola.

There were a lot of setbacks with production delays, a ton of money, and the show was canceled after only 11 episodes. Originally the show was announced to be 13 episodes. Netflix did not give a reason for the cancellation.

18. GLOW

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GLOW gave the audience in its two-season series a look at the personal and professional lives of a group of women who performed for a wrestling organization in Los Angeles during the 1980s. It starred Alison Brie, Marc Maron, and Betty Gilpin.

The show was renewed for a fourth and final season in 2019, but COVID protocols made it too difficult to produce, according to the streaming site. The third season was also halted, and the show concluded without resolution.

“We’ve made the difficult decision not to do a fourth season of Glow due to COVID, which makes shooting this physically intimate show with its large ensemble cast especially challenging,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “We are so grateful to creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, Jenji Kohan, and all the writers, cast, and crew for sharing this story about the incredible women of Glow with us and the world.”

19. The Society

The Society José Julián, Toby Wallace, Olivia Nikkanen
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The Society is about a place where everyone else mysteriously vanishes from their wealthy town, and the teen residents of West Ham must forge their own society to survive. The show starred Kathyrn Newton, Gideon Adlon, and Sean Berdy.

The show started in 2018, and after renewing for a second season, Netflix pulled the plug on the series.

Another show, I Am Not Okay With This, another popular teen Netflix show, was also canceled around that time. Both shows had made the list of shows on Netflix that shouldn’t have been canceled. The cast and crew were supposed to start filming the new season in March 2020, but filming was shut down before it could even get started. This was because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

20. The OA

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The OA was about a previously blind woman, Prairie, returning home after going missing seven years ago. She is now in her twenties with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous. The show starred Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Wilson.

The show’s first season appeared out of nowhere in late 2016 and evolved into one of the most bonkers shows on TV. Its second installment arrived in 2019 and generated even more praise. In August 2019, Netflix announced the series was being canceled after its second season. In a statement, Cindy Holland, Netflix head of originals, said,

“We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of The OA and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry… We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”

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The Flat Circle Of Republican Stupidity

Republicans long for a past that never was, and this inevitably leads them to sound like idiots as they twist themselves into pretzels trying to rationalize their calls for societal regression. Need examples? Let’s look at some in the Sunday shows!

We’re Not Book Burning, You’re the Book Burning!

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel was on “Fox News Sunday,” and while discussing the party’s post 2022 debrief report, she said a few things that were surprisingly truthful.

MCDANIEL: […] biggest takeaway we are taking is independents did not break our way, which has to happen if we’re going to win in 2024, which usually that’s what causes that red wave. And abortion was a big issue in key states like Michigan and Pennsylvanian. […] Republicans are migrating. They are migrating to red states. […] But it means the White House electorally isn’t available to us unless we go through a purple or blue state. And those states are getting bluer, because red voters are moving to the red states. […] the path to the White House runs not just through independents, but every single Republican getting on board.

It’s pretty shocking to hear anyone in the RNC, much less its chairperson, point out an objective reality. So what different actions or rhetoric do they plan to use to better their chances in 2024? Like, for example, abortion:

MCDANIEL: […] What abortion is a bad idea to Democrats? Ninth month, eighth month, seventh month? They can’t even articulate an abortion that’s a bad idea. Gender selection, if it’s a girl, you get to abort it. Tax-funded abortions for people where it’s against their religious conscience. […]

Nothing, then. They plan on changing nothing and expecting different results. If only there was a phrase for that.

Actually, correction, they do have another political strategy: The ole’ “we’re rubber, you’re glue”!

When asked about Republican attacks on trans people, which are politically unpopular, McDaniel attempted some very strained whataboutism.

MCDANIEL: […] the Democrats are using this word book banning. […] That’s a lie. There isn’t book banning. What Republicans are doing are protecting our children and parental rights […] But it’s good to know the Democrats playbook and we’re going to push on that, especially coming from the Democrat party that is banning freedom of speech, that is canceling people, that is destroying your life if you don’t think with their orthodoxy. This is the Democrat Party who is saying if you think outside of the box and everything, we are dictating to you, you will make you lose your job, we will destroy you.

Republicans have literally been fighting Disney because it dared exercised free speech, made book banning much easier, extended Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bigotry, and threatened to separate children from parents who are not bigoted toward their trans kids. But, sure, it’s the Democrats who are “destroying anyone who doesn’t conform to orthodoxy and taking their jobs while threatening to destroy them.”

Speaking of, how’s that dirt file on fired Fox News host Tucker Carlson?

Let’s Default Our National Debt!

House Republican Whip Tom Emmer appeared on CNN’s “State of The Union” and wouldn’t directly state that his party won’t force a default on the nation’s debt.

Host Dana Bash tried pointing out specifically how the cuts they want would hurt his constituents, but Emmer made it clear he will ignore them or just blame Nancy Pelosi when the reality doesn’t match his delusions.

GOP’s Vanity Tech Douche Candidate Returns

NBC’s “Meet The Press” had on Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. Although considering his polling, calling him a candidate is a bit too generous, but nonetheless, we are all subjected to his stupidity on TV and expected to take him seriously. So fresh from giving Don Lemon his last good journalistic moment on CNN, Ramaswamy made Chuck Todd look like Walter Cronkite.

When Ramaswamy brings up an example of a person who says their gender doesn’t align with their biological sex, he seems to know the difference between sex and gender. But when Todd questions his stance on gender being binary, Ramaswamy then perhaps deliberately conflates biological sex with gender.

RAMASWAMY: Well, there’s, there’s two X chromosomes if you’re a woman. An X and a Y, that means you’re a man.

TODD: There’s a lot of scientific research out there –

RAMASWAMY: There’s a biological basis for this —

TODD: There’s a lot of scientific research out there that says gender is a spectrum.

RAMASWAMY: Chuck, I respectfully disagree.

Funny how these transphobic clowns want to bring biology into this UNTIL scientific research disputes their transphobia and then they fall back on what they “feel” or disagree just because.

Ramaswamy also equates abortion with murder but says it’s a “states’ right issue.” That’s not how “states’ rights” work, even if a Republican nominee barely polling above skim milk says so.

Asa Hutchinson’s Decimal Points

Speaking of polling, Asa Hutchinson announced he was running for president almost exactly a month ago. He appeared on CNN’s “State Of the Union” this week to call for going back to a Republican Party that died long before Trump came down an escalator in 2015. So how are Republican voters embracing this? We’ll let this picture summarize it.

Can this change for Hutchinson? Likely not when he is polling lower than the fictional Conor Roy in “Succession,” who we actually compared to Hutchinson too optimistically.

Phrasing, Steve Scalise!

When asked about any possible tension between himself and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on ABC’s “This Week,” Steve Scalise chose an odd way to describe their closeness yet trust.

Could be worse: Scalise could have kept misunderstanding what “raw dog” is.

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