Amazon has reversed course on its series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” canceling the show after a single season — and after initially renewing the show for a second run.
The cancellation also comes after Amazon Studios had already spent $7 million on preproduction and opening a writers’ room for Season 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news of the cancellation.
THR’s sources say the reversal comes amid Amazon wanting to rein in spending on original programming in 2018.
“Z,” which starred Christina Ricci as Zelda Fitzgerald, was initially renewed in April, three months after the full season began streaming. The series also starred David Hoflin as Fitzgerald’s husband, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kristine Nielsen and David Straithairn. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (“The Killing,” “Carnivale”) created the show.
Like other streaming services, Amazon doesn’t release viewing figures. The show’s critical reviews were mixed.
“Z: The Beginning of Everything” joins a club of renewed-then-canceled shows that most recently has added the likes of HBO’s “Vinyl” and “The Brink” and VH1’s “Hindsight.” It also gets added to this list of shows canceled in 2016-17.