On My Block is a coming-of-age teen drama series that was first released on Netflix in 2018. The show focuses on a group of teenagers living in a rough neighbourhood in inner-city Los Angeles.
The series was renewed for a second season which came out earlier this year. Shortly after that, Netflix gave the green light on its third season but the main cast Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray and Diego Tinoco reportedly got embroiled in salary renegotiation talks with Netflix that lasted till July.
It became a concern because production for Season 3 was approaching. It’s normal for performers of successful shows to seek pay raises after the second season. And according to Netflix’s rankings, On My Block made the number one spot on “The Shows We Fell in Binge with This Year” list.
This is a huge deal for the show because unlike other shows like Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why: Season 2, On My Block stars a group of actors of colour who portray characters who are underrepresented on TV. Looks like On My Block has the better argument here, especially after the sad cancellation of One Day at a Time, because of Netflix’s commitment to diverse shows and storytelling.
Deadline reported that because the renegotiations lasted so long, the cast members may be asking for big raises. Each cast member who made $20,000 an episode in Season 1 and 2 went into the renegotiations asking for $250,000 per episode. Netflix gave a counter offer of $40,000 an episode, to which the actors’ reps said $225,000 per episode.
It’s not known what the final number is but Deadline reported that all actors got “substantial raises, tripling or more their previous paychecks” in the end.
And with that, production for On My Block Season 3 can begin peacefully. Netflix posted a video of the cast members rejoicing at the official news.