Canceled: Prime Video and Hulu ditch marquee shows after only one season

Executives at Prime Video and Hulu have been busy over the weekend, with both streaming services announcing the cancellation of one of their marquee debuts for 2022.

Prime Video’s top team has pulled off Paper Girls, a science-fiction drama that only debuted on August 4. The show, which definitely featured Stranger Things, was set in 1988 and followed four girls who delivered morning newspapers. After Halloween, time-travellers become embroiled in conflict between warring factions.

The show features a largely unknown cast, with comedian Ali Wong’s only established appearance. Set over eight episodes, Paper Girls was adapted from comics by Y: The Last Man and Marvel’s Runaways creator Brian Kay Vaughn.

Mac, Tiffany, Erin and KJ stare at a purple, cloudy sky in Prime Video's Paper Girls TV series

(Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Despite positive reviews and a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 90%, the show failed to find an audience on Prime Video, perhaps fueled by the launch of the studio’s huge new arrival, The Rings of Power.

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