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Amazon renews The Tick, but cancels One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Amazon, in the wake of ousting its programming chief for sexual harassment and more, is moving forward without some of its better-loved female-fronted programming.

Say what?

I know. And yet.

Amazon has renewed The Tick, while cancelling Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi after two seasons, and I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson after just one. The Seattle giant’s Prime Video team also decided not to order any of their 2017 comedy pilots (including one that would have starred Bridget Everett) and declined to bring back Good Girls Revolt, which had much acclaim, too.

They claim the moves all are part of a strategic change in focus “towards bigger, wider-audience series.”

And of course, as happens with most other TV and film studios, when the executives change, they often like to clear the decks of anything attached to the former execs, in favor of shows and projects the new execs greenlight.

Notaro, for her part, told friends and fans:

Hello friends and fans of One Mississippi. You may or may not have heard that Amazon cancelled our spectacular, hilarious, powerful, heartwarming, groundbreaking, critically acclaimed TV show. I am obviously very disappointed because there were so many more stories to tell- SO many. I must say, season 3 was already shaping up to be quite the force. It is nothing short of tragic that the powers that be found no space for us to continue to speak our truths. And because of this decision, I will no doubt miss the RIDICULOUSLY gifted cast and crew that surrounded me. It was beyond thrilling to make a show with that caliber of talent for 2 years. I’m truly beaming with pride as I type this, thinking back on all the little geniuses running around on and off our screen. And then there’s even more pride when I consider the fact that we told exactly the stories we wanted to tell. We expressed ourselves so honestly and unwaveringly in the face of very powerful figures in the middle of a very ugly, yet exciting time- a time of necessary conversations that must continue. Thank you- each and every single one of you who watched the show with your whole heart and soul there to take it all in- laughing, crying and even laugh-crying through it all. And I must say, the one positive for me personally is to now be free from any dark shadows that attached themselves to this beautiful show. It is time to move on and surround myself once again with positive, brilliant, kind people in the next chapter of life. I hope to see you there.

One Mississippi, you shall be missed. But you can still watch the two seasons on Amazon Prime.

Sean L. McCarthy

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