Amazon Cancels Mad Dogs Over Creative Differences With Creators
Amazon will not be going forward with another season of its dark comedy Mad Dogs after one season, co-creator Shawn Ryan tweeted over the weekend. But apparently it's not because the bro-down in Belize wasn't performing well or there was no plan for a second season. Instead, the demise came down to good old-fashioned creative differences.
Ryan posted a series of tweets explaining his side of the story, saying that he and co-creator Cris Cole—who created the original British version that the series was based on—met with Amazon Studios head Roy Price and others to lay out his and Cole's vision for Season 2. Apparently, Price didn't like what he heard and wanted the series to go in a different direction. When the two sides couldn't agree, everyone decided to let it stand as a one-and-done miniseries, as was originally intended.
But Ryan also said that employees at Amazon told him that Mad Dogs, even after just four weeks, had better streaming-video stats than any other Amazon show, and that the series was one of the company's best-reviewed offerings. There's a couple of different ways to look at this, and let's start with the positive spin first. It's good that Amazon and the team of Ryan and Cole didn't decide to just throw something up to get a second season. There's some artistic integrity on both sides if they didn't believe in the project. But on the other hand, if Mad Dogs really was one of Amazon's best performing series, the company could have really used another season as it continues to fight to be recognized as a destination for streaming video. Renewing a network's best-performing show at all costs sounds like a no-brainer no matter the circumstances. Perhaps there was more to the decision than we'll ever know.
Mad Dogs followed four men (Romany Malco, Michael Imperioli, Ben Chaplin, and Steve Zahn) who visit their pal (Billy Zane) in Belize for some partying, but end up caught in a web of murder, drug dealing, a little-person assassin, a dead cop, random thugs, and more. I watched the whole series, and it's a bonkers tale of friendship tests and picturesque tropical landscapes. I wouldn't call it must-see, but it's definitely an entertaining way to spend a long weekend. TV.com