'American Princess' Canceled at Lifetime (Exclusive)

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Courtesy of Lifetime

Lifetime is officially out of the scripted space — at least for now.

The female-focused basic cable network has canceled the Renaissance Faire drama series American Princess after one season. The cast and creators were informed of the news Thursday, nearly two months after the season finale.

Picked up straight to series a year ago, the 10-episode drama was created by Jamie Denbo (Orange Is the New Black) and executive produced by Jenji Kohan and Tara Herrmann (OITNB, GLOW). The series was a co-production between A+E Studios and IM Global Television.

Lucas Neff and newcomer Georgia Flood starred on the series about a socialite who runs off to join a Renaissance Faire after her wedding goes awry. The show's July 7 season finale, which now doubles as a series ender, drew just 124,000 same-day viewers.

With the American Princess cancellation, Lifetime no longer has any scripted originals on its roster, though sources familiar with the network's plans say other shows are in the works.

The cabler, a joint venture between Hearst Communications and Disney, sent the Greg Berlanti-produced You to Netflix after it failed to break through on Lifetime and moved the fourth and final season of the former network-defining hit UnREAL to Hulu.

Lifetime more recently has shifted its focus to timely scripted TV movies and docuseries. The cabler has documentaries focused on the cult NXIVM and the college admissions scandal in the works, as well as a TV movie focused on the latter topic. Also in the works is a follow-up docuseries to its Emmy-nominated Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, as well as Surviving Jeffrey Epstein.