Amazon Studios has canceled the Jill Soloway-helmed TV series “I Love Dick” after one season. In what seems an attempt to scrub the studio’s slate clean after the ouster of top executive Roy Price, who resigned in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment, the production company has canceled a slew of shows that were developed under Price’s leadership. “One Mississippi,” the semi-autobiographical Tig Notaro show which was produced by Louis CK until recently, has also been dropped, as well as “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.”
“I Love Dick,” based on the sleeper-hit autofiction of the same name by Chris Kraus, follows the carefully documented obsession Kraus developed for an intellectual named “Dick,” and its subsequent effect on her marriage and erotic development. The TV series, developed for Amazon by “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway with Sarah Gubbins, promised to be great, but was a letdown after the first season.
It starred “Transparent” favorite Rabbi Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) in a lead role.
It featured a finely aged Kevin Bacon as the definitive mansplaining sex-symbol.
It refocused the discussion of adult female desire on actual women.
It forced people to utter the phrase “I Love Dick” in social circumstances to seem intellectual.
But there’s still good news.
Though the sometimes troubling, sometimes excellent “I Love Dick” is no more, Amazon will continue on with “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny