Because streaming services don’t need to rely on advertisers to keep a show “on the air,” it’s very rare that a critically-acclaimed streaming series ends after only one season. However, that’s exactly what happened with Mad Dogs, Amazon’s 10-episode thriller which follows a group of friends vacationing in Belize when things start to go really wrong. After 10 episodes, the series wrapped up at a point where Season 2 may not have been the best option, and despite the best efforts of Amazon and the creative team to communicate, it seems that no one could get on the same page about how to make Mad Dogs Season 2 happen.
The Shield’s Shawn Ryan acted as an executive producer on Amazon’s Mad Dogs, and following the cancellation news from Amazon, Ryan took to Twitter to discuss exactly why the show won’t be getting a second season. Here’s part of what he had to say in a flurry of tweets:
Obviously, creator Cris Cole and executive producer Shawn Ryan said a second season could be in the cards when trying to get signed on over at Amazon. However, once it came time to talk about Season 2, the creative team and the network were too far apart to come up with a Season 2 plan that would work for everyone. Which is a shame, because in his note to the fans, Ryan also says that the streaming statistics on Mad Dogs were much better than a lot of the other originals that Amazon has to offer.
Cris Cole also created the original British version of Mad Dogs, which is not wholly unlike the version that eventually made it into Amazon’s lineup. That version actually made it through four seasons on the air, but since British seasons are much shorter, only 14 episodes in total were produced. Although it’s rare for streaming services to drop series so early in their runs, at least there is the British version to fall back on.
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