Good Girls Revolt, the critically acclaimed 1960s sex discrimination drama, got axed by Amazon Studios after one season and fans are up in arms at the streaming giant.
Many female devotees of the show, which centers around young female journalists researchers and is inspired by the landmark Newsweek sexual discrimination cases, are claiming the move is not just a bad TV decision but a significant blow to women.
Amazon had previously enthused that the show, which debuted on its site in October, was its “top binged first season of a U.S.-produced Amazon original series ever over its first 10 days.”
Dana Calvo, the creator of Good Girls Revolt, equated the show’s plight with Hillary Clinton losing the popular vote:
Amazon passing on S2 of Good Girls Revolt. 💔 But so grateful we got to tell the story. We won the popular vote. Thank u
— dana (@DanaSCalvo) December 2, 2016
Amazon does not release viewing figures, but Calvo said the show had twice Transparent‘s audience.
Good Girls Revolt starred Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Darke, and James Belushi. Angelson reinforced the recent political parallel on social media:
Amazon decided to cancel GGR. Your roars of support elevated me from the darkest election in history & I’ll never stop fighting back for us.
— Genevieve Angelson (@GenevieveAngel) December 2, 2016
Fans were further agitated by the Hollywood Reporter‘s claim that Amazon Studios Chief Roy Price “was not a fan of the series and didn’t deem it to be an awards season player in opting to pass on ordering a second season after hearing Sony’s season two pitch this week.”
One Tree Hill actress Sophia Bush was among those equating the fate of Good Girls Revolt with women’s rights:
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) December 2, 2016
— Nicole Chiodo Soares (@libraryyoda) December 2, 2016
— Grace Marvin (@westcoast_g) December 2, 2016
#GoodGirlsRevolt had double Transparent’s audience but apparently Roy Price isn’t interested in tv about journalism, civil rights & women 😤
— Claire Connelly (@_ClaireConnelly) December 2, 2016
Although previous campaigns to save female-driven shows such as BBC’s The Hour and NBC’s Lipstick Jungle (fans of whose formed a pressure group ‘Save the Jungle’) fell on deaf ears, Sony Pictures Television, which makes Good Girls Revolt, are hopeful of securing the rights back from Amazon.
Their fans will ensure the long road to equality — in this case a second season — continues.