‘The Girls On The Bus’ Canceled By Max After One Season

Max has opted not to proceed with a second season of drama The Girls On The Bus. The decision comes two weeks after the Season 1 finale of the series, starring and produced by Melissa Benoist, was released.

“While Max will not be moving forward with a second season of The Girls on the Bus, we are grateful to have partnered with immensely talented Amy Chozick, Julie Plec, Rina Mimoun, as well as the teams at Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television,” the streamer said in a statement. “We are so proud of this powerful story of found family and the celebration of journalism, in all its forms. We thank them and our unrivaled cast for all their incredible work and collaboration.”

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The cancellation news is not entirely surprising. The adaptation of Chozick’s best-selling book Chasing Hillary had a relatively quiet run and didn’t break into Nielsen’s Top 10 weekly streaming rankings through it appeared multiple times on Max’s in-app Top 10 list.

Created by Plec and Chozick, The Girls On The Bus‘ first season centers on Sadie McCarthy (Benoist), a journalist who romanticizes a bygone era of campaign reporting and scraps her whole life for a shot at covering a presidential candidate for a paper of record. Sadie joins the bus and eventually bonds with three female competitors, Grace (Carla Gugino), Lola (Natasha Behnam), and Kimberlyn (Christina Elmore).

Despite the title, future installments were not expected to be confined to a campaign bus. Season 1, which ended with a cliffhanger, followed the primaries. Season 2 would’ve moved to the general election with the reporters getting off the bus and onto a plane, showrunner Rina Mimoun confirmed to TVLine.

The cast of the series also included Brandon Scott, Griffin Dunne, Mark Consuelos, and Scott Foley.

Chozick, Plec and Rina Mimoun executive produced with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Leigh London Redman, and Marcos Siega; Jesse Peretz executive produced and directed the pilot of the series, Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The Girls On the Bus landed at Max after originally getting a series order at Netflix and then moving to the CW for development.

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