American Woman canceled by Paramount after one season

AMERICAN WOMAN -- Photo by Paramount Network -- Acquired via Paramount Network Press Site
AMERICAN WOMAN -- Photo by Paramount Network -- Acquired via Paramount Network Press Site /

It’s one and done for Paramount Network’s American Woman. The comedy period series has been officially canceled.

Despite debuting to reasonable ratings, American Woman has been officially canceled by Paramount Network. It is one and done for the period comedy, which told the story of a 1970s housewife and mother who found herself needing to work.

It’s Paramount’s second original scripted series. While it did have reasonable live ratings, it couldn’t hold onto them in the long run. Each episode saw a dip in the ratings, according to Deadline. This is the opposite of the third scripted original from the network, Yellow Stone, which routinely saw an increase in viewers each week.

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Most of the viewers for American Woman were unsurprisingly women. It had a good cast, including Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari, and Cheyenne Jackson, but that cast just wasn’t enough to keep the audience tuning in. If a show proves to be unsuccessful throughout the first season, it doesn’t fair well for a second financially.

The show was inspired by the real upbringing of co-executive producer Kyle Richards. Silverstone played a housewife and mother in the 70s, whose husband cheated. Rather than live with a man having an affair, she decides to leave with her children and raise them as a single mother. That meant getting a job, something that she’d never done.

Of course, set in the 70s meant plenty of stigmas attached to being a single mother. However, she had her friends to help support her.

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