I was pretty excited for Good Girls Revolt prior to its debut in October—the original series for Amazon, based on the book by Lynn Povich, concerned the real life events in 1970 that challenged and defied the patriarchal world of journalism. But the execution was a little disappointing—it felt empty, more focused on love affairs around the office than the real-life compelling story, and the important issues mostly ended up falling to the background. The costumes were also distracting, as they seemed to be straight out of a cheap Halloween costume store, and this added to the feeling that a serious topic was not being approached seriously at all.
But did the show deserve to be cancelled within weeks of its premiere? It wasn't Vinyl bad, after all, and at points it did have a glimmer of the show that I was hoping for, particularly in the final episode. Anyway, it seems like they could have given the show another season to hit its stride and find its way.
The studio is letting creator Dana Calvo and producer Sony Pictures Television shop it around for a second season pick-up elsewhere, so it's possible that will still happen. In the meantime, Calvo is now speaking out against Amazon, and specifically the studio head Roy Price, claiming: "He didn't know the characters' names." She believes he simply cancelled the show because he didn't "care for" it.
She told the Hollywood Reporter, "We were all so surprised because we were a hit. Of the people driven from the entertainment sections to the commerce section, we were driving 55 percent, which was phenomenal." (She also cited a high Rotten Tomatoes score, for whatever that is worth.)
Streaming monitor Symphony Advanced Media VP John Sollecito told THR, "It's really the only Amazon program that we've seen to date that has a really strong female 18-to-49 following." But Amazon's head of comedy and drama Joe Lewis says Symphony's numbers are no good, alleging that they "are wrong and that the show wasn’t performing at the levels we had hoped for—either in total viewership or completion rates." Lewis also allegedly asked if the show could "be redeveloped as a comedy"! SIGH.
Here's the first episode, which did open with some promise:
Meanwhile, some fans have started a petition "to demand Amazon, Netflix, HBO, or Hulu pick up the show."