Coming just over a month after the series debuted, Amazon Prime has decided not to renew its high-profileadaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Image Comics series Paper Girls for a second season, according to reports.
The series, created in partnership between Amazon Studios and Legendary Television in association with Plan B, was launched on July 29 to initial critical acclaim, although the show didn’t break into the weekly Nielsen streaming Charts. Insiders have speculated that the show was overshadowed by the heavy promotion for Prime Video’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, preventing it from breaking through with the audience it was intended for.
Amazon initially announced that it was developing an adaptation of the comic book series in July 2019, just weeks before the release of the final issue, with co-creator Vaughan attached as an executive producer alongside Stephany Folsom, who would write the pilot episode. The show wasn’t officially greenly until July 2020, when Vaughan’s partner on the original series, Cliff Chiang, came onboard as an additional executive producer, as did the Halt and Catch Fire team of Christopher Cantrell and Christoper C. Rogers.
Production on the show lasted from May 2021 through October of the same year, with lead cast members Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, and Fina Strazza joined by Ali Wong, Nate Corddry, and Jason Mantzoukas.
Amazon’s cancelation of the show doesn’t mean that it’s definitively dead; Deadline, which broke the story, cites sources saying that Legendary is hoping to sell the show to another outlet, although it’s unclear whether the studio will be targeting another streaming service or a more traditional broadcaster. Curiously, it had previously been reported that shooting for a second season had already started in June; it’s currently unknown if those reports were incorrect, or whether footage for a now-cancelled season two exists somewhere.
Paper Girls remains available to stream via Amazon Prime.
Paper Girls made a big splash at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con ahead of its official debut; revisit this liveblog for the show’s SDCC panel from earlier this summer.