The dramedy will not return for Season 2.
September 5, 2018
It is being reported that Paramount Network has cancelled American Woman after just one season. The news comes two weeks following the dramedy's freshman run, with its episode on August 23 now acting as its series ender.
The half-hour dramedy, which premiered in June with an 11-episode run, featured Alicia Silverstone in her first leading role in a TV series in over a decade. And while it got off to a decent start in the ratings, much of its initial audience did not stick around for the entire season.
American Woman starred Silverstone as Bonnie, an unconventional 1970s mother who learns that her husband has been having an affair. This changes the course of her life, leaving her to raise her daughters on her own. But with help from her two best friends, Bonnie finds a way to get by on her own terms, and the three women discover their own brand of independence during the decade's rise of second-wave feminism.
This was a show going at the same pace as a network show and each episode had the same amount of story as a network show but instead of having 22 episodes to (each episode was 1/22 or 5% of a season) it had 10 (each episode was 1/10 of a season or 10%) If it only showed 5% of a season story over 10% of the season and a network show shows 10% of the story over 10% of the season, it was half as fast, aka 2x slower.
Also: Axing a show does not leave a cliffhanger. Creators turning in a story that is not complete creates a cliffhanger. Because the creators turned in a cliffhanger before the 2nd season was decided, they are responsible for making it a cliffhanger.
This wasn't a "regular network show." It was a 10 episode cable show. A network show has 22 eps to be slow in. This being slow was actually twice as slow. With the likes of FX, AMC, and FXX showing how good a well paced 10 ep show can be.... this wasn't going to make it.
They thought they could talk about struggles of women or something and then went so slow that nothing got said. Every character was so cliched that they became caricatures of themselves. And this was just the first season. Also no world building.
Sucks it’s not getting a second season!
Netflix do your thing!!!!!
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