8:17am PT by Rick Porter
Anna Paquin's 'Flack' Revived at Amazon
Canceled Pop TV series Flack has a new lease on life thanks to Amazon.
The dramedy starring Anna Paquin was canceled in March — just a week before its second season was set to premiere — as part of a shift in strategy at Pop's parent company, ViacomCBS, which wants to own more of the programming it airs. The critically acclaimed Florida Girls and comedy Best Intentions, which had yet to air, were also shut down in March.
Amazon will have rights to the two existing seasons in the United States and Canada. The streamer hasn't set a premiere date yet.
Pop TV, meanwhile, has only One Day at a Time remaining as an original series following the end of flagship comedy Schitt's Creek in April. The network's pilot Mother Mary, from in-house CBS Television Studios, is still in play. The contemporary retelling of the biblical story of Mary counts Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom among its executive producers (she'll also play the mother of the Antichrist).
Pop TV's president, Brad Schwartz, is also departing the network to become chief content officer at Amazon's Audible.
Flack stars Paquin as Robyn, a sharp and witty PR professional who's an expert at her craft but a complete self-saboteur in her personal life. The dramedy also follows Robyn and her fellow flacks as they figure out how to make the best of bad situations and somehow manage to get out unscathed.
The second season will see Robyn putting her life back together and focusing on repairing her relationship with her sister (Genevieve Angelson) after her myriad addictions got the better of her at the end of season one. She faces a new and unexpected revelation, however, when she finds out she's pregnant.
Flack comes from Hat Trick Productions (Derry Girls, Episodes) and Stephen Moyer's CASM Films. Oliver Lansley created the series and executive produces with Paquin, Helen Williams, Cerise Hallam Larkin, Moyer, Mark Larkin and Jimmy Mulville.
Deadline first reported the news.