Amazon has canceled three original programs, more evidence that the company is dramatically disrupting its plan for its Prime streaming lineup.
The three shows are: One Mississippi, I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, all comedies.
Amazon, which is trying to compete with Netflix and Hulu for the subscription Video on Demand market, late last year canceled Good Girls Revolt, and The Last Tycoon. Company founder Jeff Bezos reportedly has been upset with the original programming unit’s direction, feeling it has failed to find a major hit.
In addition, Roy Hahn, who headed Amazon’s original programming team, resigned last October amid sexual harassment allegations.
While Amazon, like Netflix and Hulu, do not release viewer numbers for its original shows, the latest string of cancellations indicates that the three axed last night were struggling.
One Mississippi starred Tig Notaro as a comedienne who returns home to Mississippi to care for her ailing mother, and find herself. The show, which lasted two seasons and 12 episodes, generated a 93 score out of a possible 100 at RottenTomatoes.com, a sign that Amazon isn’t relying heavily on critical response.
I Love Dick, which was co-created by Jill Soloway (producer of Amazon’s original show, Transparent), starred Kathryn Hahn as a married woman who falls in love with her husband’s colleague. The show, which lasted one season and eight episodes, also did well with the critics, scoring an 84 at RottenTomatoes.com.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson starred veteran action star Jean-Claude Van Damme playing himself as a private detective. The show, which lasted one season and six episodes, generated a 64 score at RottenTomatoes.com.
— Phillip Swann