Amazon just picked up The Tick for a second season this morning, but it looks like those extra episodes of Peter Serafinowicz fighting crime as a blue bug guy have necessitated some cuts elsewhere in Amazon’s library of original shows. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has canceled Jean-Claude Van Johnson, I Love Dick, and Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi. The story notes that all three of those shows were picked up while disgraced former Amazon Studios head Roy Price was in charge, suggesting that the online retail monster/streaming service might be trying to make room for newer things that he didn’t have any hand in.
One Mississippi was executive produced by Louis CK up until recently, when he was cut off from getting any compensation for the show in light of the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been brought against him. Notaro had been open about her feelings regarding CK and the allegations, saying back in August that he should come clean and inserting a CK-like storyline in the show’s second—and now final—season.
As for I Love Dick, it was supposed to be Jill Soloway’s big follow-up to Transparent, which put Amazon’s originals on the map, though it wasn’t received quite as well. Soloway still has an overall deal with the streaming service, but with the future of Transparent also in doubt over harassment allegations surrounding Jeffrey Tambor, it seems likely that Soloway will end up having to come back with another new project at some point.
Then there’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson, which just launched in December and starred Jean-Claude Van Damme as a fictionalized version of himself who is actually a black-ops agent. It was probably just too weird and meta for the average TV streamer.