The Fate Of Paper Girls Has Been Decided

It has been announced that Amazon Studios will not be picking up the second season of Paper Girls.

By Chad Langen | Published

After releasing all eight episodes of the first season of Paper Girls on their streaming platform on July 29th, Amazon Studios has opted not to renew the show for a second season. Although the series was incredibly well received by critics and viewers alike, Deadline reports that it failed to make an appearance in Nielsen’s Weekly streaming rankings. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show has a 90% fresh rating from critics and 88% fresh rating from viewers. Sadly, Amazon may have shot itself in the foot by focusing most of its marketing efforts on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and not leaving much room to promote its other new shows.

Paper Girls was originally a science fiction comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang. Published by Image Comics, the series began publication on October 7th, 2015, and concluded with issue #30 on July 31st, 2019. Paper Girls won the Eisner Award for Best New Series and Best Penciller/Inker in 2016.

The television adaptation of Paper Girls was announced in July 2019. The series comes from Amazon Studios and Legendary Pictures, in association with Plan B. The story is set in Stony Stream, which is a fictional suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. On the morning after Halloween, the town is invaded by a mysterious force from the future. The invasion takes place while four 12-year-old girls are out delivering newspapers, and they find themselves caught in the conflict between two warring factions of time travelers.

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Paper Girls was adapted for television by Stephany Folsom, whose resume as a writer includes Toy Story 4, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and Star Wars Resistance. She’s also been tapped to pen the screenplay for the upcoming biopic This is Jane, which follows a Chicago activist who forms a group that provides education and counseling for women seeking abortions due to her dissatisfaction with the state of health services available in the United States.

Although Amazon Studios has passed on the second season of Paper Girls, Legendary Pictures plans to shop the series around to other networks and streamers. The studio hopes to capture the same viewers who regularly tune into popular shows like Euphoria and The Sex Lives of College Girls.

Paper Girls was executive produced by Christopher C. Rogers, Christopher Cantwell, Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Steven Prinz, Plan B, And Stephany Folsom. Folsom created the series and briefly served as co-showrunner with Christopher C. Rogers. She exited the role during production of Season 1, with Rogers taking on the position of sole showrunner. She’s currently working with Legendary TV on an untitled King Kong series for Disney+.

All eight episodes of season one of Paper Girls are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. The series stars Sofia Rosinksy, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza, Nate Corddry, Daniel, Rashid, Meg Thalken, and Ali Wong. Hopefully, the show’s positive reviews will entice another network or streamer to snatch up the series.