Amazon Studios has canceled its latest period drama The Last Tycoon after the series debuted only a couple of weeks ago. Loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished book of the same name, The Last Tycoon was picked up in July 2016 and premiered this past July with a star studded cast including Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins.
The series centered on the battle between Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer), who is loosely based on the famous producer Irving Thalberg, and his boss/mentor Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) in 1936 Hollywood. Amazon doesn’t release their viewership numbers, but the series has received mixed reviews from both critics and audience, with most describing it as stylish yet short on passion.
As reported by Variety, the show has now been canceled just two weeks on from its premiere. This comes hot on the heels of the story that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was pushing for the streaming service to make a strategy shift in order to find their own “global hit” like HBO’s Game of Thrones and Netflix’s Stranger Things.
More specifically Amazon is looking for, “big shows that can make the biggest difference around the world,” according to Amazon Studios chief Roy Price in a recent interview, something that The Last Tycoon was clearly not delivering. The cancelation does not come as a surprise considering Amazon also recently killed the previously green-lit second season of Christina Ricci’s Z: The Beginning of Everything, which was – interestingly enough – a series that followed the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of The Last Tycoon’s author.
With Amazon starting a cull, it’s going to be interesting to see which direction the platform will take in regards to future programming. Right now, series like The Man in the High Castle, The Grand Tour and Mozart in the Jungle are Amazon’s most popular, yet none of the series seem to generate the same excitement Game of Thrones does for HBO.
Right now the buzz seems to be on Amazon’s upcoming horror/anthology series Lore, based on the podcast created by Aaron Mahnke of the same name that explores the origins of legendary ghosts, vampires, haunted locations and murders based on real-life accounts and historical events. Each episode will focus on a different story and will star Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Colm Feore, Kristin Bauer van Straten and more when the series premieres October 13. It’s too early to say whether or not the series will be a hit for Amazon, but based on the excitement generated so far and the popularity of the podcast, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Lore reach the “global hit” status Amazon is looking for.
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