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Amazon Pulls the Plug on Series — Was It Related to the Election?

Dec 2, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A series that got off to a promising start has been given the ax by Amazon, and the show’s creator sparked chatter about a possible connection to the recent presidential election with a comment about the cancellation on social media.

The show is “Good Girls Revolt,” a reality-based story tracking young women trying to overcome gender barriers in the publishing world of the 1960s. The show’s real-life characters include Nora Ephron, played by Grace Gummer, Eleanor Holmes Norton (Joy Bryant) and Wick McFadden (Jim Belushi).

Amazon pulled the plug after releasing the show’s 10-episode freshman season, with producer Sony Pictures Television indicating it will reacquire the rights to the show from Amazon with the intent to keep it alive by shopping it to other distributors.

Dana Calvo, the show’s creator, tweeted this morning: “Amazon passing on S2 of Good Girls Revolt. But so grateful we got to tell the story. We won the popular vote. Thank u”

The tweet appeared to connect the show’s demise with the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. That connection became stronger a few minutes later when “Good Girls Revolt” cast member Genevieve Angelson made another political reference.

Angelson tweeted: “Amazon decided to cancel GGR. Your roars of support elevated me from the darkest election in history & I’ll never stop fighting back for us.”

A report by Deadline.com notes: “The cancellation of ‘Good Girls Revolt’ is somewhat surprising as it launched to solid reviews and ranked as one of Amazon’s biggest series ever among female viewers. For streaming services, which depend on attracting subscribers, over-indexing in key demographics, like women, is important. (About 67% of ‘Good Girls Revolt‘s’ viewers are said to be female.)”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed cites metrics from streaming monitor Symphony Advanced Media indicating that “Good Girls Revolt” was delivering 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,” THR notes, adding: “The studio had hoped to file on time for a California tax credit.”


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