It’s a blood bath over at Amazon today with the streaming giant cancelling three of its original comedy series – the Kevin Bacon-led “I Love Dick,” Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi” and the high concept Van Damme series “Jean Claude Van Johnson”.
The swinging of the axe continues an aggressive shift by the digital giant away from the niche original programming strategy of ex-Amazon Studios president Roy Price and toward a new approach by company founder Jeff Bezos who wants fewer but bigger cross-demographic hits with more international appeal (they want their own “Game of Thrones”).
All three series have earned solid praise, but none have particularly garnered much buzz or attention beyond “One Mississippi” with Notaro often lauded for her work on the show.
Amazon is coming off success at the Golden Globes where original series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won awards for comedy series and actress for star Rachel Brosnahan. The company has numerous other projects in the works, most notably a series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”