×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘I Love Dick,’ ‘One Mississippi,’ ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Canceled by Amazon

Amazon has canceled three original series — “I Love Dick,” “One Mississippi,” and “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.” The move continues an aggressive shift by the digital giant away from the original-programming strategy championed by ousted Amazon Studios president Roy Price and toward a new approach mandated by company founder Jeff Bezos, who has called for bigger, broader series with the potential to perform well internationally.

Produced by FX Productions, “One Mississippi” starred co-creator Tig Notaro and was the most lauded of the three canceled shows. Its second season premiered in September. “I Love Dick,” from Jill Soloway, deputed in May, but did not receive the critical or national-media attention that Soloway’s groundbreaking Amazon original “Transparent” earned. “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” a comedy starring the action-movie actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, premiered last month.

All three shows were developed under Price, who was fired last year following a sexual-harassment investigation. Prior to his dismissal, Price had been ordered by Bezos to abandon the niche programming strategy that had led to critical and awards success with series such as “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle,” but yielded no broad cross-demographic hits along the lines of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The departure of Price and several other programming executives last year upended the leadership structure at Amazon Studios, where former ABC digital executive Albert Cheng is now serving as active head and former Fox international television executive Sharon Tal Yguado was promoted to development chied. While Amazon brass is said to be pleased with Cheng and Yguado, Bezos and Jeffrey Blackburn, senior VP of business development and entertainment for the company, are believed to be having conversations with several high-level entertainment executives about coming aboard. Industry speculation has focused on A+E Networks’ Nancy Dubuc, NBC’s Jennifer Salke, and former Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. Amazon’s search is believed to be focused primarily on female executives. Fox’s Dana Walden has withdrawn from consideration for an Amazon position. YouTube’s Susanne Daniels is also said to no longer be in the running.

Amazon enjoyed success at the Golden Globes this month, where original series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won awards for comedy series and actress in a comedy series for star Rachel Brosnahan. The company is exploring further development with “Maisel” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, with whom it has an overall deal. Amazon also has 12 projects in various stages of development with Skybound Entertainment and “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, whom Tal Yguado recruited into an overall deal last year. And Bezos was personally involved in successful negotiations last year to secure rights to produce a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”

Soloway also remains under an overall deal with Amazon. But the future of “Transparent” remains unclear, as sexual harassment allegations last year against star Jeffrey Tambor have thrown plans for a fifth season into limbo.

More TV

  • Prince Albert II of Monaco (C),

    Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union's 'L.A.’s Finest' Opens Monte Carlo TV Festival

    Prince Albert II of Monaco opened the 59th Monte Carlo Television Festival on Friday at a glittering ceremony at the principality’s Grimaldi Forum attended by Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. The Hollywood actresses presented the French premiere of their action cop series “L.A.’s Finest,” which has just been renewed for a second season. “You typically [...]

  • Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba'L.A.'s Finest'

    Jessica Alba, Gabrielle Union Speak About Horrific 'L.A.’s Finest' On-Set Accident

    Actresses Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba spoke about how the horrific accident on the set of their action cop series “L.A.’s Finest” affected them and the crew at the 59th Monte Carlo Television Festival Saturday. They also paid tribute to the main victim of the incident, executive producer/co-showrunner Brandon Sonnier, whose leg was amputated below [...]

  • Emmys: How a Social Media Campaign

    How a Social Media Campaign to Game the Emmys Led to This Week's 'Block Voting' Scandal

    The Television Academy’s “block voting” controversy has quickly become the talk of Emmy season — and that appears to have been the org’s point. According to multiple insiders, the number of people disqualified from voting in this year’s competition is believed to be small, only around three members (out of nearly 25,000 members overall). But [...]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    TV News Roundup: Hulu Drops Trailer for 'Veronica Mars' Revival (Watch)

    In today’s roundup, Hulu dropped the official trailer for the “Veronica Mars” revival and HBO revealed more cast members for “Lovecraft Country.” FIRST LOOKS Hulu has dropped the official trailer for its revival of “Veronica Mars,” set to premiere on July 26. The series will bring back most of the original cast, including Kristen Bell, Jason [...]

  • Dan Stevens

    'Legion' Star Dan Stevens Says His Character Would Fight Thanos, 'Wreak Havoc' in MCU

    Dan Stevens said his powerful, telepathic mutant Legion would do some serious damage if he ever crossed over from the eponymous FX series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Legion would wreak havoc. He’d probably take on Thanos, let’s see that,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of the trippy, mind-bending superhero series [...]

  • Viacom CEO Bob Bakish

    Bob Bakish Talks Pluto TV, Netflix and CBS-Viacom Merger Rumors

    Viacom CEO Bob Bakish knows that a lot of his peers are in the original content space in streaming, but he believes the company’s ad-supported free service Pluto TV is better off relying on Viacom’s library of content. “We can debate a lot of things about the future, but in the near term, the opportunity [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content