While Amazon is making more and more pushes to be an alternative to Netflix with shows like Transparent and Man in the High Castle, that doesn't make it anymore generous than any other network out there. The company is looking for its own Stranger Things, and while it's putting its money behind big name stars, the little guys are falling to the wayside. Amazon Studios has opted not to renew Good Girls Revolt, which only had one season to its name.
Per Variety, Good Girls Revolt will not be getting a second season on Amazon. The freshman drama aired toward the end of October and received mostly positive reviews. However, because streaming services like Netflix and Amazon don't release the "ratings" or figures on how many people are watching their shows, the decision behind Good Girls Revolt's cancellation isn't entirely clear. It may not have gotten the buzz Amazon wanted from it or it might not have gotten good numbers. Sony, who's behind the show, is reportedly shopping it around to other networks.
Based on a book by Lynn Povich, Good Girls Revolt followed a group of women working at the fictional "News of the Week" in 1969, who have grown dissatisfied with doing all the work while the male journalists get all the credit. They request to be treated fairly which sparks a bevy of drama that affects their work lives, personal lives, and love lives. It starred Genevieve Angelson, Anna Camp, and Erin Darke as the leads with Chris Diamantopoulos, Hunter Parrish, Jim Belushi, Joy Bryant and Grace Gummer as supporting characters.
The show was frequently compared to Mad Men, but never quite handled its period setting as well as that show (not many can). Despite its topical subject matter of gender equality, the show never quite managed to catch on fire. Rotten Tomatoes currently has the series at 72% with a Metacritic score of 65 out of 100. People close to the show claim that it had an 80% completion rate amongst viewers based on data gathered by Symphony Advanced Media. Again, because streaming services don't typically release their own numbers, there's no way to know how accurate that number is.
As for what could have led to Good Girls Revolt's cancellation, it's no secret that Amazon is shifting gears in the projects it seeks. Amazon Studios has been recently backing projects with big names and creators behind them (like Woody Allen's Crisis in Six Scenes), as opposed to the smaller, perhaps more intimate ones, it used to make its forte. For instance, the streaming service paid $160 million for two eight-episode seasons of a David O. Russell drama starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore.
Though its days on Amazon are over, there's always a chance that Good Girls Revolt will find a second home on another network or streaming service.