Doug Liman, the executive producer and director of the canceled MTV show "I Just Want My Pants Back," said he had started working on a second season when he was surprised by the network’s decision not to renew the series, reports Deadline.com.
“When the head of the network tells tells you how passionate he is and that he is bringing back the show, and when the studio tells you how profitable the show is, you start to work on next season," Liman said.
He said the producers weren’t given a reason for the cancellation. The show’s content made it a target of the media watchdog group the Parents Television Council, however.
The show was canceled despite being critically well-received, as we reported yesterday.
"There are advertisers who ought to be scared of it — that’s why it’s the network’s job to stand behind their shows, especially when it’s a network that says that their brand is about youth culture," Liman said.
Studio Universal Cable Productions is talking with other networks about picking it up. “I’m not done fighting,” Liman said. “The show is really good; I really loved those characters. There are so many stories left to tell.”