Starz has canceled “Becoming Elizabeth,” a historical drama series about the Tudors, after one season, a person with knowledge of the decision told IndieWire.
The Anya Reiss-created show starring Alicia von Rittberg premiered on August 12, but failed to attract large audiences and posted low ratings that plummeted throughout its run. 8 episodes.
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“Becoming Elizabeth” continued Starz’s fascination with the 16th-century Tudor family after finding success with 2013’s “The White Queen” and two other spin-off series based on English history. “Becoming Elizabeth” specifically focused on a young Elizabeth I when she was still a teenage orphan and the death of King Henry VIII sparked a rush to power and the throne.
The series also starred Romola Garai, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen and Bella Ramsey and was produced by The Forge for Starz. The show was also notable for boasting an all-female writing staff led by Reiss.
Reiss had even alluded to the show’s impending cancellation in September when discussing the Season 1 finale — now on the air — responding to some fans with some suggested gifs there. wouldn’t stand a chance for a second season and that Starz let them know”you’re done.”
“So to anyone who misinterpreted the ending of ‘Becoming Elizabeth’ – it wasn’t a cliffhanger – but a wry nod to our audience – because of course you know the rest of the story … so why would we continue”, Reiss wrote. “Or at least…that’s my story.”
Parent company Lionsgate has flirted with Starz for several months now, expressing interest in selling the premium cable network and its streaming service after Lionsgate first acquired it for $4.4 billion in 2016. But despite steadily growing subscribers to 37.3 million global subscribers, in addition to finding other hit series, the studio ended up with around $2 billion in debt and worth much less than he had originally paid.
Deadline first broke the news.
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