Amazon Disputes Claims About Good Girls Revolt Success
Good Girls Revolt was canceled by Amazon earlier this month after just one season. Metrics for the show were reported to be positive, however that is being disputed by Amazon. The show had received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Good Girls Revolt was abruptly canceled last week by Amazon, less than two months after it premiered on October 28. Now, the show’s creator is speaking out. Dana Calvo told The Hollywood Reporter that the cast was blindsided by the move.
“We were all so surprised because we were a hit. Of the people driven from the entertainment sections to the commerce section, we were driving 55 percent, which was phenomenal.””
Calvo cited data from Symphony Advanced Media, obtained by the show’s production company, Sony, in saying the show was performing better with females aged 18-to-49 than any other Amazon show. Joe Lewis, the head of comedy and drama for Amazon, disputed that data.
“We had high hopes for Good Girls Revolt, and have tremendous respect for the creators, cast and Sony, but I can tell you that the Symphony numbers being reported are wrong and that the show wasn’t performing at the levels we had hoped for — either in total viewership or completion rates.”
Since Amazon makes a point of not releasing its official data, it’s hard to say exactly who is right in this situation. The Rotten Tomatoes metrics, however, are not in dispute. The show had a rating of 72% from critics and a 97% audience score. By comparison, Transparent, Amazon’s first award-winning series, currently holds a 98% rating from critics, but only an 89% audience score.
The key vote GGR failed to win, according to reports, was that of Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios. Calvo told The Hollywood Reporter that Price didn’t offer an notes on episodes of GGR, a common practice, or attend the premiere of the show.
Calvo and company did pitch a second season of the show to Price and Amazon before the cancellation. Calvo told THR that Price’s conduct during the pitch showed how little he cared for the show.
“All I know is that in the [season two] pitch, he asked us to refer to the characters by the actors’ names because he didn’t know the characters’ names.”
Good Girls Revolt producers are shopping the show to other networks. cast options expire on December 31, 2016, however.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that ABC, Freeform, USA Network, Bravo and Hulu are among the networks interested in picking up the show for its second season. Lifetime and Netflix are in the conversation but aren’t considered likely destinations.
Sony Pictures has been in this position before and succeeded with shows such as Community, Damages, and Unforgettable.
Good Girls Revolt stars Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, Erin Drake, Jim Belushi and Erin Drake, among others. GGR is based on a book by Lynn Povich on a discrimination case brought against Newsweek in the 1970s.
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