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In a surprising move, Amazon has opted to cancel one of its best-reviewed dramas.
The streaming platform and retail outlet has axed Good Girls Revolt after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Sony Pictures Television — whose TriStar Television banner was behind the 10-episode series — are in the process of getting the rights back from Amazon and plan to shop the period drama elsewhere.
This marks the latest one-and-done series at Amazon, which earlier this year canceled Shawn Ryan’s Mad Dogs — also from Sony TV. (Amazon next has Sony’s The Last Tycoon, The Tick and Sneaky Pete all due in 2017.)
Set in 1969, Good Girls Revolt 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.
The real people portrayed in the series include Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant), Nora Ephron (Grace Gummer) and Wick McFadden (Jim Belushi). Rising star Genevieve Angelson starred alongside Anna Camp. Dana 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 debuted Oct. 28 to mostly positive reviews (it has a 65 on Metacritic) and four and a half stars on Amazon. It was part of a freshman class that included previously renewed One Mississippi as well as Goliath, which Amazon boasted ranked as its “top binged first season of a U.S.-produced Amazon original series ever over its first 10 days.” The streamer, like Netflix, does not release official ratings data for its streaming originals.
Sources say streaming monitor Symphony Advanced Media metrics had Good Girls Revolt collecting more viewers than many of Amazon’s other originals. Sources say 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 this week. The studio had hoped to file on time for a California tax credit.
Of Amazon’s 2016 freshman launches, Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi has already been renewed; Goliath appears poised for a second season pickup; and a decision has yet to be made about critical darling Fleabag (an international acquisition) or Woody Allen flop Crisis in Six Scenes. Due in 2017 are Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, The Last Tycoon, Sneaky Pete and The Tick.
“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. “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.”
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