While Netflix and Hulu are garnering all the attention with their hit shows and awards, Amazon’s own original streaming service is still struggling to gain a breakout hit. In an attempt to launch a turnaround, the e-commerce giant is cleaning house by canceling three of its original television shows: I Love Dick, One Mississippi, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.
All three shows were developed under ousted Amazon Studios president Roy Price, who was removed last year after an investigation into sexual harassment at the company.
Amazon’s founder (and richest man alive) Jeff Bezos has ordered the service to stop focusing on niche shows and produce more broad content that will attract international audiences.
One Mississippi was a semi-autobiographical series created by comedienne Tig Notaro and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody.
The show, based on Notaro’s experiences with breast cancer and her midwestern family, was praised by critics, with a second season debuting this past September.
I Love Dick was co-created by Jill Soloway, who had previously developed one of Amazon’s only truly successful series: Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor.
Kevin Bacon starred in I Love Dick as a professor who finds himself the object of unwanted infatuation from one of his wards and his wife.
Critics lauded the series, which debuted a pilot in August 2016 and returned for a full first season of seven additional episodes in May 2017.
Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, released its first full season only last month but has already been axed by Amazon.
In the show, Van Damme plays a retired version of himself, who is lured into working as an undercover private contractor under the codename “Johnson.”
Amazon isn’t cancelling all of its original programming, thankfully, as a number of shows are returning in the future, including The Tick, Bosch, and The Man in the High Castle.