Amazon’s ‘Mad Dogs’ To End After One Season, Says EP Shawn Ryan

Amazon's 'Mad Dogs' Canceled, Says EP
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Shawn Ryan announced on Twitter Sunday that his Amazon series “Mad Dogs” has been canceled.

In a long series of 19 tweets, the executive producer said that “a decision was made not to make any more episodes of Mad Dogs.”

He added, “We were lucky to be one the best reviewed dramas on Amazon, if not the best. A lot of critics got what we were going for, so thanks.”

Ryan said the decision not to move ahead came down to a disagreement with Amazon Studios head Roy Price and the creative team about the direction for a second season.

He said he and co-creator Cris Cole laid out their plans in a meeting last week for a storyline they believed in. “Ultimately, Amazon didn’t want to make that story and we didn’t want to make the kind of story they wanted us to make,” Ryan said on Twitter. “Mad Dogs is extremely important to Cris and I and we can’t do the show any other way than to follow Cris’ vision.”

He said they decided would rather have the single season stand alone as a limited series, which was the original intention.

“Mad Dogs,” which is based on a British format, stars Ben Chaplin, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco and Steve Zahn in the tale of a group of longtime, forty-something friends who reunite in Belize at a crossroads in their lives. It debuted on January 22.


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  1. Thanks pertaining to providing these kinds of terrific written content

  2. nerdrage says:

    Wow I wonder how bad those ratings were. I know they keep them secret but Amazon must know…just because a show gets a lot of votes in the annual bake-off doesn’t mean anyone is going to a) subscribe just to see it or b) stick around and buy some crap off Amazon because that’s what they’re really looking for, the shopping crowd.

    I bet The Man in the High Castle did much better on both counts. Do more of that.

    • In the article, it said that Amazon was already planning a second season, after the original concept was intended for only one. So the ratings must have been someone decent for Amazon to attempt to pick it up again. Evidently they wanted to meddle in it. Kudos to the creators of the show to be so dedicated to whatever that vision was.

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