Amazon’s On A Renewal Spree, And One Show Just Got Good And Bad News

Abbi Jacobson in A League of Their Own and Priyanka Chopra in Citadel
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In a world where shows get canceled left and right, taken off streaming services altogether and jump from one platform to another, now we’ve added some unlikely renewal news into the mix. Amazon Prime announced that it would be renewing two of its originals, A League of Their Own and Citadel. However, for the remake of the Penny Marshall classic, this renewal news is bad because its second season will be shortened, and for Citadel it’s grand news because Season 1 hasn’t even premiered yet. Overall, both renewals are unique, and a little confusing, so let's break it down.

From left to right: D'Arcy Carden (Greta), Kate Berlant (Shirley), Abbi Jacobson (Carson; Co-Creator and Executive Producer), Molly Ephraim (Maybelle)

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A League Of Their Own Will End With A Shortened Second Season 

A League of Their Own series got surprising and disappointing news about its second season. THR reported that the remake series will come to a close with Season 2, and it will only be four episodes.

The queer take on Penny Marshall’s classic film has been in negotiations for months, and according to the article the showrunners, Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson, who is also a lead on the series, ended with a deal that A League of Their Own will conclude with Season 2 and it will be half the length of its first installment. According to the article, the A League of Their Own cast had to sign new deals too since Season 2 will only be four episodes, and it’s been reported that Amazon and Sony are still closing on the deals. 

Amazon and Sony Pictures Television have reportedly gone back and forth to lower the show’s licensing fee from Sony. Sources said that Graham and Jacobson were working really hard to get a Season 2 renewal for their beloved series, and Sony ended up giving Amazon a reduced licensing fee. However, the streamer wanted to cut costs on the show, which may be why Season 2 will only be four episodes. 

Richard Madden holding up a gun and Priyanka Chopra behind him ready to fight

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Citadel Quickly Got Renewed For Season 2

Citadel hasn’t even premiered on Amazon Prime yet, and the streamer has already renewed it for a second season, THR reported. The series led by Bodyguard’s Richard Madden and Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra Jonas and created by The Russo Brothers is on the 2023 TV schedule for an April 28 debut, and we already know that another season is on the way. 

This series has been in development since 2018, with the goal of becoming a massive, global “event series,” as Amazon Studios boss Jennifer Salke said. Citadel already has an Indian adaptation in the works at Amazon, and it’s possible that this show will become a very important franchise for the streamer. 

The report also mentioned that this series is on track to be the second-most-expensive series at Amazon, only behind Rings of Power, as they’ve reportedly spent $200 million on the show. 

While we still haven’t seen Season 1, the second season will see David Weil return as the showrunner, and Joe and Anthony Russo are expected to direct a few episodes. Based on how swiftly the show got renewed, it seems like it might have the potential to become one of Priyanka Chopra Jonas’, Stanley Tucci’s and Richard Madden’s best projects. However, we won't know that for sure until we see the first season, and either way, we know we'll get Season 2.

Overall, it’s exciting that we’ll get to see these two shows again, but I’m a bit shocked about how things shook out. A League of Their Own came out last summer and this news comes seven months later, meanwhile, Citadel got renewed before we’ve even seen a single episode. Although the world of streaming has been mixing things up with how they release and renew shows, so I guess this news about these Amazon Prime shows fits the precedent that’s been set by companies like Netflix and HBO Max. 

It’s unclear when the second seasons for both these series will come out, however, you can watch A League of Their Own’s first season right now and Citadel starting April 28 on Prime Video. 

Riley Utley
Weekend Editor

Riley Utley is the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. She has written for national publications as well as daily and alt-weekly newspapers in Spokane, Washington, Syracuse, New York and Charleston, South Carolina. She graduated with her master’s degree in arts journalism and communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Since joining the CB team she has covered numerous TV shows and movies -- including her personal favorite shows Ted Lasso and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She also has followed and consistently written about everything from Taylor Swift to Fire Country, and she's enjoyed every second of it.