Auds cool on steamy ‘St. Tropez’

TF1 cancels widely exported drama

PARIS — Commercial web TF1 has canceled “St. Tropez,” the most widely exported drama series in French TV history, after 12 seasons and 440 episodes.

Known to French speakers as “Sous le soleil,” the Marathon-TF1-Societe Francaise de Production co-prod, a mix of psychological drama and romantic comedy about three thirtysomething professional women in the resort town, has been broadcast in more than 130 countries.

BBC Knowledge, TSR of Switzerland and Greece’s Star Channel are among 20 European networks that show the drama, which also has had the highest international renewal rate of any French fiction series.

However, viewership has dropped by an average of 400,000 per episode since the end of last season, and one of the three stars, Adeline Blondieau, announced in October that she would not continue beyond the current year.

The 30-episode season will continue to run on TF1 until early July. Shot on location in St. Tropez, the cancellation will come as a blow to the more than 100 locals employed by Marathon.

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