According to series creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Sweet/Vicious is looking for a new home network to continue for a second season. Debuting on MTV in November of last year, Sweet/Vicious season 1 followed the lives of two college students – Jules Thomas (Eliza Bennett) and Ophelia Mayer (Taylor Dearden) – as their paths crossed and they teamed up to become vigilantes on their campus. The two worked together to target men who had been accused of rape and sexual assault but fallen through the cracks of their school’s judicial system. For her part, Jules’ vigilante activities were a way of coping with being sexually assaulted by her best friend Kennedy’s (Aisha Dee) boyfriend, Nate Griffin (Dylan McTee).
Although the series became a critical favorite – season 1 holds a 100 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes – and garnered a dedicated fan following, MTV cancelled Sweet/Vicious after season 1, making the annoucement earlier this spring. Now, series creator Robinson and executive producer Stacey Sher shed some light on their efforts to find Sweet/Vicious a new home and why exactly MTV axed such a beloved – and, arguably, important – series.
In an interview with Deadline at this weekend’s ATX Television Festival, Sher said that they’ve found four studios willing to help produce a continuation of Sweet/Vicious (season 1 was produced by MTV parent company Viacom), they mainly need a new network home that would air season 2. In an interview with EW, Robinson offered her own update on where season 2 stands and a message to fans:
Whatever happens with Sweet/Vicious, we are actively going to try and find another home for it. We as a creative team and the actors, we all stand by the show. We love the show. As disappointing as this decision is, we’re always going to tell these stories and we’re always going to fight. We hope that no one takes this decision [to mean] their story doesn’t matter, because that’s just simply not true.
In terms of why MTV decided to cancel Sweet/Vicious, Sher said there were many people at the network who “cheerlead” the series, but ultimately there were “regime changes” that led to the decision to ax the freshman drama. It’s not uncommon for changes at networks to affect new and upcoming series, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier for fans of the shows that are impacted. While speaking to Deadline, Robinson discussed the business of television, especially as it pertains to Sweet/Vicious:
Shows get cancelled for reasons that have literally nothing to do with the show. That is what happened here. Unfortunately, our show is about something extremely important, and the disconnect between the business and the heart sucks.
As fans of Sweet/Vicious know, the series had plenty of heart; Robinson’s creation was a thoughtful depiction of a survivor of sexual assault – albeit through the lens of a story about a vigilante dressing in all black and attacking wrong-doers. Still, considering the prevalent real-world issue of rape and sexual assault, especially on college campuses, Sweet/Vicious tapped into an honest experience. Although the show’s dedicated fans may still be reeling from news of its cancellation, Robinson and Sher’s comments should offer some hope that Sweet/Vicious could find a new home elsewhere – it certainly wouldn’t be the first time a prematurely canceled TV series found new life on a different network or streaming service.
We’ll keep you updated on Sweet/Vicious as more information becomes available.