Kravitz starred as Rob, a pop culture-obsessed record store owner in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, who confronts several past failed romances. The show was a gender-bending, modern retelling of the Nick Hornby novel, later adapted into a 2000 film — starring John Cusack and Kravitz’s mother, Lisa Bonet — and it earned praise from critics during its lone season.
The actress later addressed the cancellation on Instagram:
The show was created by Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka, who executive-produced with Kravitz, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg from Midnight Radio.
High Fidelity was originally ordered as a series by Disney more than two years ago for their then-upcoming Disney Plus streaming platform. Following Disney’s acquisition of Hulu, the company switched High Fidelity over to the other platform in April 2019, likely because the show’s more adult themes were a better fit for Hulu than the typically PG-rated Disney Plus.
In June, Kravitz expressed interest in producing a second season of the series. “I think the show has a lot of potential,” she said. “I think there’s a lot more growing to do for everybody and a lot more trouble to get into. There’s a lot of places we could go and I would love to go there.”
As Hornby wrote in a piece for Rolling Stone earlier this year: “I don’t think anyone who has read and loved the book, and/or seen and loved the movie could be disappointed with the series. I couldn’t be more proud of the show. And if I catch anyone saying it’s self-consciously ‘woke,’ what with its gender reversals and its inclusion of more than one race/sexuality, I will come ’round to your house and put you back to sleep. Because, guess what: High Fidelity isn’t just about you. It’s about people who aren’t like you, too.”