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Renewals and Cancellations: 'The Idol,' 'And Just Like That,' 'The Summer I Turned Pretty'

By Dustin Rowles | TV | August 29, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | August 29, 2023 |


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We haven’t covered “renewals and cancellations” in weeks, mostly due to the strikes. While several updates have been mentioned in Pajiba Love, here’s a comprehensive look at this month’s slate of pick ups and drop offs. Starting off, the third season of And Just Like That has been renewed, unsurprisingly. The show has sparked much conversation, likely has decent ratings, and its second season improved upon the first even if they did Aidan dirty.

In programming outside our target demographic, Fox has renewed Masterchef for a 14th season, TLC brought back Match Me Abroad for a second, and Max greenlit a third season of their docuseries 100 Foot Wave. Prime Video also renewed The Summer I Turned Pretty for a third season. Though it’s not aimed at my demo, the show is touted as this generation’s Felicity. That’s intriguing.

Turning to cancellations, Max axed The Idol after a disastrous first season. The show will be remembered as HBO’s all-time worst series, and while the series won’t be missed, the clicks will be.

I was intrigued by Hulu’s musical Up Here featuring Mae Whitman, but it got mediocre reviews and I never watched it. Evidently, I wasn’t alone—the show was canceled after one season. So yes, reviews do matter!

Apple also axed several shows in late July and early August, including High Desert, Suspicion with Uma Thurman — which I abandoned after a few episodes — and the critically panned City on Fire. A note to Apple: Consider more distinctive names for your shows. Titles like Suspicion, Invasion, Swagger, Foundation, and See are overly generic. That’s true even for some of your better shows like Severance and Trying, too.

Amazon stirred controversy by canceling the renewed A League of Their Own. Amid this uproar, The Peripheral was also dropped, likely to the disappointment of only Chloe Grace Moretz.

That’s the roundup! Let’s hope the strikes resolve soon so studios can get back to renewing and canceling shows.