Amazon has opted to cancel three of its original scripted series, including Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick, and One Mississippi. Amazon has experienced some critical and awards success with shows like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but still currently finds itself struggling to match both the overall audience acclaim and crossover hit appeal of Netflix shows like Stranger Things and Daredevil.
Making matters worse for Amazon is fellow competitor Hulu beginning to pick up steam in the race for streaming dominance, establishing itself with original dramas like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Path. Clearly, Amazon is still trying to find its way as an original content producer, which makes the abrupt cancellation of three of its original programs not a huge surprise. Unlike Netflix, which has given the majority of its shows a bit of time to earn fans, Amazon has shown a willingness to quickly cut shows loose if they fail to make a mark with the masses.