Executives at Prime Video and Hulu have been busy over the weekend, with both streaming services announcing the cancellation of one of their 2022 premieres.
Prime Video’s core team ended up with Paper Girls, a sci-fi drama that didn’t start until August 4th. The show, which had a decidedly Stranger Things vibe, was set in 1988 and followed four girls who, while delivering newspapers after Halloween, get caught up in a conflict between warring factions of time travelers.
The show features a largely unknown cast, with the only established presence of comedian Ali Wong. With eight episodes, Paper Girls was adapted from the comics by Y: The Last Man and Marvel’s Runaways creator Brian K. Vaughan.
Despite positive reviews and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 90%the show failed to find an audience on Prime Video, perhaps overshadowed by the launch of the studio’s giant newcomer, The Rings Of Power.
according to the deadlinefollowing Prime Video’s decision, the show, which is made by Legendary Television, will now be sold to other networks and streaming services in hopes it can continue.
It wouldn’t be the first time a show has been resurrected by a rival. Netflix stepped in to save Lucifer from the axe, and did the same with Manifest, although this was done in times when money seemed more readily available. It remains to be seen whether the Paper Girls can find a new home.
What was the other cancellation?
Maggie, the new Hulu comedy. It was released on July 6th and will not be returning for a second season.
Led by Rebecca Rittenhouse, best known for her roles in The Mindy Project and the TV spin-off Four Weddings and a Funeral, Maggie followed the title character, a psychic who suddenly gets a glimpse of her own future when Ben’s David Del Rio comes to her for a reading and she finds herself married to him for years to come.
When Ben then moves in next door with his current girlfriend, Maggie is in something of a pinch.
Based on the short film by Tim Curcio, the show was supposed to premiere on ABC, but ABC owners Disney ended up moving the show to Hulu, where it unfortunately failed to garner enough ratings to earn a second season.
Reviews for Maggie were less kind than Paper Girls, with a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoesbut the first trailer attracted over 10 million views, indicating that the show had a chance to flourish when all episodes were released on July 6. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.
Unlike Paper Girls, there’s no suggestion that the show’s creative team is looking for a new home.
Analysis: Two shows stuck in the shadows
Traditionally, summer is a dump for prestige television. Families are on vacation or taking their kids to see the variety of blockbusters filling theaters. Often, you’re competing with a big summer sporting event, like the World Cup or the Olympics, and programmers tend to keep their dust dry.
Not this year though. In August alone, you saw the Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon, the highly acclaimed Predator prequel Prey, Neil Gaiman’s epic The Sandman, and the latest MCU hero She-Hulk: Attorney. at Law, all coming to streaming. Services.
July was a little calmer, but you still got the epic finale of Stranger Things season four, the extremely expensive action thriller The Gray Man, and Hulu ushering in the return of Only Murders In The Building on June 28. and a lot for Maggie and Paper Girls to compete.
In the end, it seems the competition has proved too much and neither has managed to attract enough buzz or eyeballs to demand a second run.