'Good Girls Revolt': Here Are the Networks Eyeing the Canceled Amazon Drama (Exclusive)

Producers Sony Pictures Television is shopping the feminist drama with the hope of finding a new home for the recently canceled Amazon series.
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Days after Amazon unceremoniously canceled period drama Good Girls Revolt, producers Sony Pictures Television appear to be honing in on finding a new home for the series.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that ABC, Freeform, USA Network, Bravo and Hulu are in the running to pick up the Dana Calvo-created drama for a second season, with Netflix and Lifetime both considered longshots. Sony Pictures Television declined comment.

Streaming platform and retail outlet Amazon on Friday canceled the feminist-themed period drama in what was seen as a surprising move that came a month after its Oct. 28 premiere. It marked a rare one-and-done drama on a streaming platform, where ratings are not part of the equation.

Sony Pictures Television, whose TriStar Television banner was behind the 10-episode series, has until Dec. 31 — when the cast options expire — to find a new home for Good Girls Revolt. Although given the upcoming holiday break, an extension on the cast options is not considered unlikely. Good Girls Revolt will maintain its spot in the California Film Commission's tax incentive program should it find a new home.

Set in 1969, the drama centers on a group of young female researchers who work at News of the Week, inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich's book of the same name.

Sources said Amazon Studios head Roy Price was not a fan of the series and didn't deem it to be an awards season player in opting to pass on ordering a second season after hearing Sony's season two pitch last week.  

"Based on data provided to us from Sony, Symphony Advanced Media reported our show was a hit, and we have loyal viewers," Calvo told BuzzFeed hours after the news of Good Girls Revolt's cancellation broke, though Amazon — like Netflix — discounts the streaming monitor's findings. "Eighty percent of people who watched the first few minutes of the pilot stayed until the last minutes of the finale. We had twice Transparent's audience. We were stunned by Amazon's decision, but heartened and encouraged by Sony's devotion to the project."

"We had high hopes for Good Girls Revolt, and have tremendous respect for the creators, cast and Sony, but I can tell you that the Symphony numbers being reported are wrong and that the show wasn’t performing at the levels we had hoped for — either in total viewership or completion rates," Amazon Studios head of comedy and drama development Joe Lewis told THR.

Response to the cancellation of the drama — a particularly well-timed one given the current political landscape — has been overwhelming. A Care2 petition launched Tuesday called on Amazon, Netflix, HBO or Hulu to pick up Good Girls Revolt for a second season already has more than 3,000 signatures.

".@Amazon I dunno what to tell women, scared of their own president, who ask why you canceled a hit feminist show 30 days in,” co-star Genevieve Angelson tweeted following the cancellation.

Finding a new home for a canceled series is not always easy — or successful. Independent studio Sony Pictures Television, however, has a solid track record, selling Community to Yahoo following NBC's cancellation; scoring multiple renewals for Unforgettable multiple times following CBS' initial cancellation (including a run at A&E); as well as setting up Damages at DirecTV after FX dropped the drama.

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