Executives at Prime Video and Hulu have been ecstatic over the weekend, with the decision to cancel one of their big big big marquee debuts in 2022 thrown in by each streaming service.
The top team of Prime Video has removed Paper Girls, a sci-fi drama that had only begun its run on August 4.
The animated series, which had a famouslyStranger Thingsvibe, was organized in 1988 and followed four young girls who, while out delivering newspapers the morning after Halloween, became involved in a confrontation between time-travelers.
A dark cast is leaked, with Ali Wong''s only known presence. Paper Girls was inspired by Brian K. Vaughan, creator of Y: The Last Man and Marvel''s Runaways.
Despite positive reviews and a 90% Rotten Tomatoes rating, Prime Video did not reach an audience, presumably overshadowed by the launch of the studio''s iconic new arrival, The Rings Of Power.
According to Deadline, after Prime Video''s decision, the game, which is made by Legendary Television, will now be shipped to other broadcasters and streaming services in the hope that the program will continue.
It wouldn''t be the first time a show has been resurrected by a competitor. Netflix intervened in to save Lucifer from the axe, although those were done in times were less readily available. It remains to be seen if Paper Girls can find a new home.
What was the other cancelation?
Maggie and Hulu''s dazzling new comedy. It was first released on July 6 and will not resume for a second season.
Maggie was led for her roles in The Mindy Project and the TV remake of Four Weddings and a Funeral, and was amazed by how she gets glimpsed into her own destiny when David Del Rio''s Ben arrives to her for a study. She will now marry him in the coming years.
Maggie is left in a trap as Ben relocating into the house next door with his current girlfriend.
The short film based on Tim Curcios was expected to debut on ABC, but ABC''s owners Disney ended up moving the show to Hulu, where sadly it didn''t select up enough of an audience to get a second run.
Maggie''s reviews were less pleasant than Paper Girls, with a 62 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but the first trailer gained more than 10 million views, indicating that the show had a chance of flourishing when all episodes dropped on July 6. Sadly it didn''t pan out that way.
There is no suggestion that the creative team of the show are looking for a new home, unlike Paper Girls.
Analysis: Two shows stuck in the shadows
Summer is a hot day for prestige television. Families are off the plane or transporting their children to see the dozens of blockbuster in cinemas. Often, you''re competing with a large summer sporting event like the World Cup or the Olympics, and schedulers prefer to keep their powder dry.
This year, however, you saw the likes of Game of Thrones spin-offHouse of the Dragon, the massive Predator prequelPrey, Neil Gaiman''s epicThe Sandmanand the MCU''s latest hero,She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, all arriving on streaming services.
July was a bit quieter, but you still had the epic finale ofStranger Things'' fourth season, hugely expensive action-thrillerThe Gray Man and Hulu ushering in the return of Only Murders In The Building on June 28. That''s a lot of big TV and a lot for Maggie and Paper Girls to compete with.
In the end, it appears that the competition just proved too much, and neither were able to attract enough buzz or eyeballs to demand a second run.