Anne with an E delivered a fresh and surprisingly modern take on characters created by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery for her classic Anne of Green Gables book series, and the show amassed a loyal fandom over its three seasons. Unfortunately, the show produced as a joint venture between Netflix and the Canadian Broadcasting Company was cancelled back in November 2019 before Season 3 could even make its Netflix premiere, and fans were not happy. In fact, the Anne with an E cancellation backlash has affected CBC ever since.
Although the cancellation of Anne with an E came not long after news broke that Netflix and CBC were breaking up, the beloved series being axed by the coproducers nevertheless shocked a lot of people. A lot of viewers took to social media shortly after after the series was cancelled to vent their feelings, but the outrage didn't die down after just a few days, to the misfortune of CBC.
A group called AWAE Fan Projects started a campaign with the goal of an Anne with an E renewal, and The Guardian reports that members began swarming the comments sections of CBC news stories and tweets with calls for another season. At the time of writing, 13 million AWAE tweets directed at CBC (and Netflix) went live on social media.
The inundation of Anne with an E posts on CBC tweets evidently got so serious that the Canadian broadcaster felt compelled to take action to cut down on Anne fans' comments on unrelated articles reaching a large audience. The official CBC Twitter account posted this:
In order to keep our comment threads on their intended topics, all future Anne-related comments on unrelated posts will be hidden
Unsurprisingly, the comments following that tweet from CBC were filled with Anne with an E fans repeating their demand for a fourth season of the series, even quoting one of Anne Shirley-Cuthbert's most memorable lines to support the case for more Anne. Interestingly, the call for more Anne with an E isn't limited to CBC and Netflix potentially reversing the decision to cancel, but for the rights to be sold to another outlet for a revival.