Apparently, Amazon and F. Scott Fitzgerald just don’t go together. The streaming platform has officially canceled the TV adaptation of his unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, as well as the show Z: The Beginning of Everything. The latter centers around Zelda Fitzgerald, the novelist’s wife, and we have to ask: What does Amazon have against the Fitzgeralds?
Both Z and The Last Tycoon only lasted one season each, but The Last Tycoon seemed like it was destined to become a huge success. It stars Lilly Collins, Rosemarie DeWitt, Matt Bomer, and Kelsey Grammer, and it showcases Old Hollywood glamour in the best way possible. Really, the show’s whole aesthetic was everything you’d ever want from an F. Scott Fitzgerald book brought to life.
Collins totally killed it as an Old Hollywood beauty, too. She played the daughter of a big Hollywood exec (played by Grammer) who wanted to make a name for herself separately from her father. Meanwhile, Bomer played an up-and-coming Hollywood executive who rivals him.
Now, we must mourn this great TV loss.
This cancellation is just more proof that streaming networks aren’t playing around.
Last winter, Amazon canceled Good Girls Revolt after only one season, which was a surprise considering it was called the “top-binged first season of a U.S.-produced Amazon original series ever over its first 10 days.” What’s the deal, Amazon?
Netflix is equally merciless, though. It recently canceled the Naomi Watts-helmed Gypsy after only one season, and earlier in the summer it went on a show-killing spree, canceling The Get Down, Bloodline, Marco Polo, and even fan-favorite Sense8.
If it seems like streaming platforms are becoming more cutthroat, it’s because they are.
Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings recently told CNBC, “I’m always pushing the content team: We have to take more risk; you have to try more crazy things. Because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”
Did we hear that right? A higher cancel rate?
Perhaps Amazon’s recent cancellations are actually what’s inspiring Hastings to be so open to canceling shows, though. In the same interview with CNBC, he says, “Everything Amazon does is just so amazing.”
Et tu, Netflix?
Amazon’s The Last Tycoon was amazing, but canceling it even before it got a chance to become a huge success? Not so amazing. It’s hard out there for a show with Jeff Bezos calling the shots, apparently.