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. You can read Cory's review right here

Do you think there was something more to the decision to cancel Mad Dogs?


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Mar 01, 2016
I'm gonna give it a go (because Shawn Ryan) but i wanna see the UK version first
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Mar 01, 2016
Oh well. Shit happens.

I'm a big fan of the original & I'd have liked to see more of this version, but as they say, it's better to burn out than to fade away.

I don't really care about the actual particulars of what the suits & the pens were fighting about, all I know is that when suits piss off pens enough to the point of basically saying 'fuck y'all' I gotta go with my gut & say, "cool"

Looks like Amazon fucked up the best thing they had to offer & what it seems we have here is an example that the pen is mightier than the board.
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Mar 01, 2016
Disappointing. Was really looking forward to seeing what happens next. TBH, if I knew there wasn't going to be a 2nd season, I probably wouldn't have watched the first, so I'm glad this was decided now rather than sooner, because season 1 was really good and had me hooked.
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Mar 01, 2016
Amazon didn't pick up Price's show. Need we say more about their shortsightedness?
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Mar 01, 2016
Creative differences as in the producers transformed into Mad Dogs, staring fixedly at each other in a hostile manner just before they jumped down each other's throat.
I don't like vagueness. So the producers didn't get along with each other. This happens sometimes to the best of us but be honest about it. But this could be seen as unprofessional so they used the tired old excuse of "creative differences" Usually this is to convince themselves that they're not immature assholes with bloated egos. The series was fun though but not really essential viewing.
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Feb 29, 2016
Never heard of it, but sounded interesting. Still not interesting enough for me to go to the online store where I get my cheap electronics from, and to now stream movies! It's really not that serious:-/
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Feb 29, 2016
Who knows. Seems to me there is more to this than meets the eye.
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Feb 29, 2016
Always the creative differences.


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Feb 29, 2016
Good, the more shows about ne'er do wells get cancelled, the better. Why did Shawn Ryan the maker of The Shield have to degrade himself by making a crappy show like this?
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Feb 29, 2016
I loved the UK one and haven't watched the US one yet, but one question, does Amazon own the rights to the US version or could they shop around for another network to create the second season?
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Feb 29, 2016
"Do you think there was something more to the decision to cancel Mad Dogs?"

Maybe. I'm always wondering what that means: creative differences. It's so ominous.
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Feb 29, 2016
Kind of like divorce citing: " irreconcilable differences"
The vague answer
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