Amazon has cancelled Z: The Beginning of Everything starring Christina Ricci, after the series had previously been greenlit for a Season 2.
The renewal was a bit of surprise, given the lack of buzz around the first season of the Zelda Fitzgerald series, but this cancellation also comes as a surprise, as the Z writers room had already started meeting for Season 2 and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a reported $7 million had already been spent on a second season.
At the THR article notes, the surprise renewal came shortly after the publishing of a Vox article on the apparent “sexist loophole” in Amazon Studios straight-to-series practices, while the surprise cancellation comes in the wake of Amazon’s rumored decision to scale back its spending on original series heading into 2018.
In this age of #PeakTV, it seems to becoming more common for networks and studios to reverse and earlier cancellation/renewal decision, as was also the case with NBC’s Timeless, which was originally cancelled, then renewed for a Season 2 in a period of a few days. Z seems a particularly strange case, however, as a second season was already in pre-production.
Z: The Beginning of Everything starred Christina Ricci as Zelda Sayre, a Southern socialite who sees a chance to break free of the rigidity of Southern life in a young soldier named F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is based on the novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. In addition to Ricci, it also starred David Hoflin, Jamie Anne Allman, David Strathairn, Corey Cott, Jordan Dean, Natalie Knepp, Christina Bennett Lind, and Holly Curran. Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin served as showrunners.
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