Superhero TV series are nothing new, but it is rare to see one that genuinely stands out from the pack for its inventiveness and its boldness. MTV's Sweet/Vicious is one of those rare shows. The college-themed vigilante series has made a serious impression on its small but rabid fanbase since its debut in November, but now it appears that the network has officially decided to lower the curtain on the revenge series. Sweet/Vicious creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson took to Twitter to break the news to the show's fans, saying:
It is clear from her tweet that the cancellation of Sweet/Vicious is not the news that she wanted to receive. The show developed a vigorous and loyal following since its premiere last November -- which was subsequently bolstered by an incredibly favorable critical response. In fact, the show currently sits with an almost unheard of 100 % Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sadly, the female-oriented vigilante series did not gain enough mainstream traction, which ultimately led to MTV pulling the plug.
Sweet/Vicious deserved quite a bit of credit for what it attempted and accomplished in the modern TV landscape. Without the backing of a proper Marvel or DC name, the show centered on two female college students who turn to the vigilante life in order to combat sexual assault and abuse on their campus. In a bizarre twist on a typical formula, the series provided a proper hero's journey, as well as an outlandish revenge fantasy in the same vein as a Quentin Tarantino movie. Sweet/Vicious was a great addition to TV's growing tradition of female-fronted superhero properties (such as Supergirl, Jessica Jones, or even DC's Legends of Tomorrow), so it is safe to say that its loyal fan base will miss it in a major way.
There's a definite argument to be made that Sweet/Vicious deserves another chance at life -- even if that means moving it away from MTV. Given the fact that the series was a clear critical success, blame for its lack of impact on audience could be placed on the fact that it was not really marketed hard enough to find a proper viewership. In that regard, Sweet/Vicious' weird balance of offbeat humor and gritty violence could make it a better fit for a major streaming platform like Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. We live in an era where shows can easily receive second chances on non-traditional platforms, so we will keep our fingers crossed that Sweet/Vicious can live to fight another day.
We will bring you more information about the cancellation of Sweet/Vicious as new details become available to us. For now, make sure to take a look at all of this summer's most highly anticipated TV premieres and fill out your television viewing schedules accordingly!
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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