I really don't understand why they got back a "big note" to cut the episodes in half. They clearly don't have an actual problem doing halfhour stories, they have enough of a cast and fitting side plot ideas that are in tone with the rest of the episode to make it work. It both feels like the execs lost faith in the series and was calling it shit by knocking back the show so hard. It wasn't just a couple episodes, it was 14 of them. All after they were finished.
There's no way that the episodes were bad enough to where it was a sincere "maybe you should try not doing halfhours", have you seen how badly TBS american dad drags on in some of its episodes? TBS has no fucking standards and a lot of these writers have a whole other series under their belt. There's just no fucking way production bombed or something and there were problems making it 11 more minutes. Wong was even really stoked to do multiple plots now.
The finale primarily focused on the dogboy thing/alex and josh, and it didn't feel dragged out, it was paced normally. Nothing about the other episodes or their setups for cut content strike me as the kind that would need to be heavily stretched out and had no value as a halfhour story. The only lenient view I can give was if the AT&T shakeup or whatever changed execs and the new one didn't think it was worth trying for an animated series like the one who gave the greenlight, but that's still shitty to cut a finished season down, at the very least have enough consideration to just give them a lesser order for a next season if they were to get one.
It just feels like a major dick move that doesn't come from a place of care or recommendation for a struggling staff. Can't even hope for a bluray release with cut content or extended episodes or less censorship because it got shuffled to streaming only and it's rare for them to get physical releases, and those are usually for Netflix shows, and this isn't political Bojack.