The bad news was packaged with good news for a psychological thriller from high-profile producer Greg Berlanti. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Berlanti’s “You” was canceled by Lifetime, but Netflix is stepping in to distribute the show’s second season.
Berlanti is well-known for his work on TV shows including “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood” and “Riverdale,” the CW’s “Arrowverse” shows and DC comics projects on film and television.
“You,” based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, premiered on Lifetime in September and recently wrapped its 10-episode first season. Developed by Berlanti and showrunner Sera Gamble, the stalker drama stars Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail.
THR notes that the show’s first season averaged 611,000 total viewers in live-plus-same-day on Lifetime.
“The lackluster ratings, paired with the fact that Lifetime did not own the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced drama, made a second season unsustainable for the cable network,” THR adds.
In a statement, Lifetime said: “Lifetime had an incredible experience working with Greg Bertlanti, Sera Gamble and the entire team on ‘You’ for season one. We wish the cast and crew the best as the series continues on at Netflix and can’t wait for the opportunity to work with the creative team again.”