The plethora of shows being pulled from streaming services continues.
Starz has won a trio of titles – dangerous relations, become Elizabeth and Get up from its streaming service. All three titles have been canceled, but it’s yet another example of a company pulling finished shows off their own service.
It comes after HBO Max pulled series like West world, The Nevers, Raised by wolves, the wife of the time traveler as well as a slew of reality shows including FBoy Island and a series of animated titles from its service last year.
Over the weekend, HBO Max also pulled some episodes of the original Looney Tunesincluding seasons 16 through 31, as well as three seasons of The flints. These shows were removed after their license expired.
The strategy at Warner Bros. Discovery was shaped in part by tax write-offs it could earn post-merger, as well as interest in selling underperforming titles to advertiser-supported services.
However, it’s not clear why Starz is removing its shows. The company declined to comment on details.
It could be part of owner Lionsgate’s plans to spin off his studio from Starz, which he expects to do in the coming months, which will see the separation of his companies completed by the end of the second quarter of 2023. or it could look the same way to sell these shows to FAST channels and ad-supported streamers elsewhere.
Of the trio, become Elizabeth was the first to be canceled in November due to low ratings. Created by Anya Reiss, the series followed the early life of Queen Elizabeth I of England (played by Alicia von Rittberg), an orphaned teenager who becomes embroiled in the politics of the English court on her journey to secure the crown. Romola Garai, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen and Bella Ramsey also starred.
The series was produced by All3Media-backed British producer The Forge with executive producers including Reiss, George Ormond and George Faber.
dangerous relations was the second period drama series that failed to advance at Starz, it was announced a month later. The cancellation was a reversal of an earlier Season 2 renewal that was greenlit for the show’s premiere. The period drama tells the origin story of how the Marquise de Merteuil (Alice Englert) and Vicomte de Valmont (Nicholas Denton) met on the eve of the revolution in Paris.
It comes from Lionsgate TV, Playground Entertainment and Flame Ventures with creator Harriet Warner exec producing alongside Colin Callender, Tony Krantz, Bethan Jones, Scott Huff and Christopher Hampton.
Get up was canceled in December, as revealed by TBEN. The network took the title from YouTube Red after it was canceled after two seasons. Based on the Get up film franchise, the series followed the students and teachers of High Water, Atlanta’s most cut-throat performing arts school. Naya Rivera starred in the role of Collette Jones in the show’s first two seasons; Christina Milian was recast in the role following Rivera’s death in 2020.
It was produced by Lionsgate TV with creator Holly Sorensen exec co-producing with Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Erik Feig, Bill Brown and Dawn Wilkinson.