MTV has canceled the scripted series “Sweet/Vicious” which followed two female college students who secretly act as vigilantes on campus and target would-be rapists. Creator Jenn Kaytin Robinson revealed the news in a tweet on Friday, adding: “To say that I am devastated would be the understatement of the year.”
The comedic drama scored much acclaim from critics for its take on campus rape culture, but ratings were very slim 0.16 in the target demo in Live+3 results. Sadly the buzz and eyeballs weren’t there the way they have been for something like Netflix’s recent teen suicide drama “13 Reasons Why” which looks to be getting a second season (though that’s not official yet).
In February things took a turn as MTV announced a new plan to move away from scripted series and back toward youth-oriented unscripted programming – a strategy A&E has done with its last scripted drama “Bates Motel” closing out the other week.
New MTV shows like “Mary and Jane” and “Loosely Exactly Nicole” were then scrapped. Now with “Sweet/Vicious” gone and “Teen Wolf” coming to a close, the network will only have two dramas left – fantasy epic “The Shannara Chronicles” and the retooled “Scream”.
In a statement, an MTV spokesperson said: “MTV has decided to not move forward with a second season of ‘Sweet/Vicious’. We are extremely proud of this critically acclaimed series and are deeply disappointed such an impactful show did not find a larger audience.”
Robinson, Stacey Sher and Amanda Lasher executive produced the series which starred Eliza Bennett, Taylor Dearden, Nick Fink, Brandon Mychal Smith, Max Ehrich, Matt Angel and Aisha Dee.