Dylan is a pairs skater who represented Canada. With his first partner, Kirsten Moore-Towers, they are 2013 Four Continents silver medalists, 2014 Olympic team event silver medalists, and 2011 Canadian National Senior champions. With his second partner, Liubov Ilyushechkina, they became 2017 Four Continents bronze medalists and three-time Canadian National Senior medalists (two silver, one bronze). On Spinning Out, he is Justin's skating double.
Trennt is a Canadian pairs skater who is currently partnered with Evelyn Walsh. Together, they are the 2019 Canadian National Senior silver medalists and 2017 Canadian National Junior champions. Trennt is Justin's pairs skating double.
Madeline is a Canadian ice skater who won the 2020 Skate Canada Challenge competition. She is also the 2019 Canadian National Junior silver-medalist. She plays Leah's skating double in Spinning Out.
In Netflix's figure skating drama Spinning Out, Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye makes a hilarious cameo in the third episode. Spinning Out stars Kaya Scodelario as Kat Baker, a promising figure skater whose competition dreams come to a screeching halt after a devastating fall derails her career. Kat receives a second chance when she gets an opportunity to become a pair skater with Justin Davis (Evan Roderick), which suddenly puts her dreams of making the Olympics back in play.
Created by Samantha Stratton, the 10-episode series is about mental illness as much as it is about figure skating. Kat and her mother, Carol (January Jones), both suffer from bipolar disorder and the series depicts how the illness can destroy their lives, both physically and mentally. Spinning Out features a cast that includes Willow Shields, David James Elliott, Sarah Wright Olsen, Will Kemp, and Johnny Weir. However, there is one special cameo that occurs early on in the series. That cameo belongs to Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness.
In Spinning Out episode 3, Van Ness shows up at the Pinecrest Skating Rink in an electric fashion. Van Ness, who graced the January 2020 cover of Cosmopolitan UK, plays Bruce, an expensive skating choreographer from Michigan who Leah (Kaitlyn Leeb) hires to help out her and her partner, Gabe (Weir). Leah and Gabe are rivals with Kat and Justin so Bruce is supposed to be the asset that pushes them to the top. Once Bruce enters the rink, it's clear the coach is more interested in cracking jokes than choreographing a routine.
During the scene, Bruce sternly skates around Leah and Gabe, joking that they must skate to the music of Coldplay, much to the dismay of Gabe. Bruce challenges the pair to channel their energy into the routine and says, "Get to it girls," before hilariously skating away. Van Ness had been teasing the role on his Instagram page for almost a year, posting clips of his figure skating training.
Van Ness' witty presence in Gay of Thrones and Spinning Out showcases why he's such a pop culture icon. Although the cameo is short, Van Ness transforms Bruce into an unforgettable, larger-than-life character. Unfortunately, this brief encounter is Van Ness' only appearance on Spinning Out. For a show that tackles serious topics such as mental illness, Van Ness' role provides a much-needed comedic presence to the series. If Spinning Out returns for a second season, perhaps Van Ness can reprise his role to entertain fans once again by demonstrating his finished routine to Coldplay's music.
In its latest swath of cancellations, Netflix axed Spinning Out, its new figure skating drama, after just one season. Unlike many other cancellations, however, this one isn't going away quietly — at least not if the fans have anything to say about it.
A Change.org petition is currently circulating and has over 3,600 signatures on it (at the time of this article's publishing), asking Netflix to reconsider the cancellation of the soapy sports drama. At the heart of the fans' plea is the show's depiction of an array of issues and how they intersect with each other and with the characters' stories: "Many fans would agree, Spinning Out presents many issues we rarely get a glimpse of on TV today," the petition reads. "It's refreshing to see such a well-done series on a sport (figure skating), which is most often overlooked in itself while including the raw and intense struggles that can come along with it. This show brought awareness to bipolar disorder, depression, sexual assault, racial inequality, the power of the wealthy, cultural stereotypes and so much more."
Will the petition get any traction? Unfortunately, it doesn't seem likely. Although there are a few high-profile success stories (NBC's Timeless being one of the most recent and notable), most "save our show" campaigns ultimately fail to reach their goal. Because Netflix doesn't release any viewership data except under very specific (and usually promotional) circumstances, we have no way of knowing what the numbers were or how close or far they were from a "renewable" threshold. The show depicts a very niche sport and, unlike other niche shows such as the docuseries Cheer, it failed to become a viral hit or a social media sensation, which would increase the incentive for renewal. Spinning Out's niche appeal and technical requirements also limit the likelihood that another network might rescue it, as PopTV did when Netflix axed One Day at a Time.
Spinning Out's devoted fanbase even pales in comparison to other shows that's fans have similarly tried and not succeeded in getting renewals for their favorites. Anne With an E, another Netflix series, was recently cancelled and has hundreds of thousands of signatures on several petitions, not to mention social media "trending parties" and even billboards in real life, but the series remains cancelled. If that kind of noise doesn't budge a network or streaming platform, it seems unlikely that a smaller show like Spinning Out would succeed.
The series, which has been given the boot after 10 episodes, dropped on 1 January. It featured Skins star Kaya Scodelario portraying a young and talented figure skater called Kat Baker whose career takes a knock when she suffers a serious injury.
However, when she's presented a second chance, she seizes the opportunity to continue her career and pairs up with another elite skater and resident bad boy Justin (played by Evan Roderick).
Throughout the first season, fans followed Kat as she realised in order to chase her dreams she would have to tackle fractured family relationships, a rocky partnership, and personal demons that threaten to derail everything.
In response to the cancellation, one person wrote: "So sorry that Spinning Out has been cancelled as it was one of those series that not only had a beautiful story but had something to say. Thanks for your performance!"
Another added: "I am sooooo devastated. This was the best show that I have ever seen and it can't be the end of it . We have to work together to save it."
Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva has shared her opinion on the newly-released Netflix drama ‘Spinning Out,’ saying that it was not correct to portray professional figure skaters as alcohol drinkers.
The Russian figure skating star stressed that following the premiere she was bombarded with questions from fans who asked her whether she drinks as heavily as Kat Baker from the ‘Spinning Out’ series.
“Spinning Out’s female lead goes to a bar almost every evening to drink alcohol. This is not correct and this is not true. Figure skaters can’t afford to behave like that. I don’t think that any professional athlete can relax in such a way,” Medvedeva said.
“I don’t like it when movie directors show this… I was upset and even offended to some extent, especially when people started writing to me asking whether I’m drinking that much,” she added.