80s Reboot Series Canceled After One Season

By Chad Langen | Published

Paramount+ has made the decision to cancel its series Fatal Attraction, a reboot of the iconic 1987 erotic psychological thriller, following its first season. The television adaptation, starring prominent actors Joshua Jackson and Lizzy Caplan, first debuted on the streaming service on April 30. Fortunately for fans and subscribers of Paramount+, the eight-episode first season will continue to be available for streaming on the platform and will not be removed.

The Fatal Attraction Reboot Will Not Be Picked Up For A Second Season

The show’s cancellation was confirmed by a Paramount+ spokesperson in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to revealing that Fatal Attraction will not be coming back for a second season, they expressed gratitude towards the show’s entire creative team, cast, and crew for their unwavering dedication to the series. Moreover, they emphasized the platform’s appreciation for the hard work that went into bringing the show to life.

Joshua Jackson And Lizzy Caplan Star In The Series

Fatal Attraction was adapted for television by the creative minds of Alexandra Cunningham and Kevin J. Hynes. The narrative focuses on the tumultuous affair that puts the lives of Dan Gallagher, portrayed by Joshua Jackson, and his wife, Beth, played by Amanda Peet, in jeopardy. Moreover, the show delves deep into themes of marriage, infidelity, and the modern perspective on strong women, personality disorders, and coercive control.

The Reboot Didn’t Live Up To The Original Glenn Close Thriller

Fatal Attraction

Although the cast of Fatal Attraction was praised for their compelling performances, the series faced criticism for not encapsulating the same level of danger and tension that was signature to the film, starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas. Additionally, a common critique from critics was the series’ inability to provide ample story content to justify stretching the original two-hour movie into an eight-hour television show. This disparity left many viewers feeling the series fell short of the movie’s gripping narrative.

The reception of Fatal Attraction on Rotten Tomatoes is divided; critics gave it a low score of 37 percent, in contrast to everyday viewers who rated it favorably with a 71 percent score. This discrepancy indicates that while the show resonated with its general audience, it failed to impress critics. Unfortunately, the positive reception from viewers wasn’t enough to secure a second season, as it seems the show didn’t attract a large enough audience to warrant a continuation.

Paramount+ Also Cancels Rabbit Hole

In addition to Fatal Attraction, Paramount+ has also canceled the Kiefer Sutherland-led action-drama Rabbit Hole. Developed by This Is Us duo John Sutherland and former Paramount Global exec David Nevins, the creators behind 24, Rabbit Hole follows John Weir, a private espionage operative fighting to preserve democracy in a turbulent world. The series also features performances by Meta Golding, Enid Graham, Rob Yang, and Walt Klink.

Joshua Jackson’s Personal Life

The cancellation of Fatal Attraction adds to the personal challenges faced by its star, Joshua Jackson, who is reportedly devastated by the recent dissolution of his four-year marriage to Jodie Turner-Smith. TMZ reports that the couple, parents to three-year-old daughter Juno Rose Diana, separated on September 13, with Jodie, 37, filing for divorce this month, citing ‘irreconcilable differences.’ “Jackson is heartbroken over the impending divorce; he had envisioned a lifelong marriage and a happy family life,” shared an insider.