Starz has canceled its dramedy, Sweetbitter, following two seasons. Revealed by THR, the Lionsgate-produced series launched in 2018 to mediocre reception with a reported 164,000 live-same-day viewers.
Sweetbitter wasn’t overly positively received with critics. The series, based on Stephanie Danler’s novel of the same name, follows Tess, a 22-year-old taking a job in New York at a well-off restaurant. While she planned on it being temporary, she becomes enthralled by the lavish lifestyle her new employment formed for her. This includes drugs, expensive alcohol, lust, fine dining, and more.
While this may seem like a surprise, it’s not too shocking considering the drop in viewership. The company had faith in the project when they bumped season two’s episodes from six to 10. However, they only aired a total of eight and it was apparent its days were limited. A meager 95,000 live-same-day viewers were reported which is vastly lower than its previous season.
Sweetbitter starred Ella Purnell, Tom Sturridge, and Caitlin FitzGerald with The Americans’ Stuart Zicherman acting as its showrunner. Plan B, the entertainment company formed by Brad Pitt, acted as its executive producer.