'Harlots,' 'Reprisal' Canceled at Hulu

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Harlots and Reprisal have closed up shop at Hulu.

The streamer has opted to cancel Harlots after three seasons, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The period drama from indie banner Monumental Pictures wrapped its third and now final season on the Disney-owned platform in August. Additionally, revenge drama Reprisal, starring Abigail Spencer, is done after one season.

Hulu, like other streamers, does not release traditional viewership data, but Harlots, starring Samantha Morton, has an impressive 97 percent and 92 percent rating among critics and viewers, respectively, on aggregate site RottenTomatoes.com.

Set against the backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, Harlots follows the Wells family, led by matriarch Margaret (Morton), as they continue to run a brothel. Harlots hailed from executive producers Moira Buffini, Alison Newman, Alison Owen, Debra Hayward and Alison Carpenter. The drama was the first series commissioned by Monumental Pictures, the independent company founded by Oscar-nominated producers Owen (Suffragette) and Hayward (Bridget Jones’s Baby). Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay and Eloise Smyth co-starred.

In Reprisal, Spencer starred as a relentless femme fatale who, after being left for dead, leads a vengeful campaign against a bombastic gang of gearheads. The series also starred Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud, Madison Davenport, Rhys Wakefield, David Dastmalchian, W. Earl Brown and Gilbert Owuor. The series was produced by A+E Studios in association with The Littlefield Co. Josh Corbin created the drama and exe produced alongside The Handmaid's Tale's Warren Littlefield, A+E's Barry Jossen and Jonathan van Tulleken, who also directed the pilot.

The decision arrives as the streamer has added multiple original series as part of its FX on Hulu hub, with originals including Mrs. America, Devs and the upcoming The Old Man and A Teacher, as well as a deep roster of library titles.

Other Hulu originals include Elle Fanning's The Great, The Handmaid's Tale, Normal People, Ramy, PEN15, Shrill, Solar Opposites and the upcoming Love, Simon update, among others. Still awaiting word on their futures are anthology Castle Rock, High Fidelity and Normal People.