Starz cancels Sweetbitter after two seasons
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that after two low-rating-pulling seasons for the premium cable network, Starz has decided not to greenlight a fourth season of its half-hour dramedy Sweetbitter starring Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children).
Sweetbitter is a half-hour drama that tells the story of Tess (Ella Purnell), a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes: tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.
In season two, Tess has the job, and she’s ready to invest in it. She’s all in, but soon realizes she won’t survive at the restaurant if she doesn’t play the game. Tess finds her appetite awakened. She’s starving for knowledge but investing in this life means more than knowing the difference between wine from Bordeaux and Burgundy. Tess discovers that knowledge alone is not enough: she needs to be able to use it, to move from her head to her body. She needs experience.
Alongside Purnell, Sweetbitter stars Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex), Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown), Paul Sparks (The Girlfriend Experience), Evan Jonigkeit (X Men: Days of Future Past), Eden Epstein (In Between Men), Jasmine Mathews (Blue Bloods), and Daniyar (Claws). Stuart Zicherman (The Americans) returns as showrunner and executive producer along with Stephanie Danler, author of the bestselling novel of the same name, as creator and executive producer.
Sweetbitter season 2 kicked off on July 14 on Starz and received much better reviews than its debut season, but dropped considerably in the ratings, only averaging 92,000 live-same-day viewers compared to the first’s 164,000 viewers.