1:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Efforts to Shop 'Good Girls Revolt' Fail, Creator Reveals in Heartfelt Note
Good Girls Revolt won't be making a comeback.
The '60s drama, which was surprisingly canceled by Amazon shortly after the debut of its first season last fall, was unable to find a new home, exec producer Dana Calvo revealed Wednesday on Instagram.
Debuting in October, Good Girls Revolt was set in 1969 and centered on a group of young female researchers who work at News of the Week. It was inspired by the landmark sexual discrimination cases chronicled in Lynn Povich's book of the same name.
Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp and Erin Darke starred in the series, which included real figures such as Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant), Nora Ephron (Grace Gummer) and Wick McFadden (Jim Belushi). Calvo (Made in Jersey) created the drama and exec produced alongside Lynda Obst, Darlene Hunt (The Big C), Don Kurt (Justified) and Jeff Okin (Dark Skies).
The series earned mostly positive reviews (it has a 65 on Metacritic) and four-and-a-half stars on Amazon. It was a hit for Amazon, according to streaming monitor Symphony Advanced Media. "It's really the only Amazon program that we've seen to date that has a really strong female 18-to-49 following," Symphony senior vp John Sollecito said in December.
Despite that, Amazon pulled the plug in December, and efforts to the shop the series to another by Sony Pictures Television — whose TriStar Television banner was behind the 10-episode series — quickly began. Potential suitors included ABC, Bravo, Freeform, Hulu and USA.
Calvo blasted Amazon in the days after the cancellation — "They run some people out," she said of the company — and Amazon Studios head Roy Price. "What we hadn't factored in is that Roy Price just doesn't care for the show," Calvo told THR. "He's representative of the Amazon culture in that he's just impenetrable."
Insiders suggested at the time that Price largely was uninvolved with the series — he didn't attend the premiere or provide episode notes — and didn't believe Good Girls Revolt would be an awards contender. The cancellation also came as a shock because it was revealed shortly before Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations were announced.
Good Girls Revolt marked a rare cancellation for Amazon, joining Shawn Ryan's Mad Dogs in the one-and-done club. Of Amazon's 2016 class of new series, only One Mississippi has received a season-two pickup.