Roy Price’s resignation last week from Amazon Studios amid sexual harassment allegations has been especially resonant for cast members of “Good Girls Revolt,” the series about discrimination in the workplace that Amazon didn’t renew after one season. After the cancellation, Sony, which helped produce the show, shopped “Good Girls Revolt” elsewhere. No other company took it on.
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Since the allegations against Price have become public, several of the stars have been openly tweeting about the show, and privately texting each other about the new revelations in a group chat.
Price’s resignation has ignited both actors and fans to call for the show’s resurgence.
Based on Lynn Povich’s memoir about female journalists’ 1970 discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek magazine, “Good Girls Revolt” earned rave reviews, a 96 percentRotten Tomatoes audience score and plenty of media buzz. Amazon’s decision, which came just weeks after its October 2016 release, prompted the show’s creator to make the rare move of calling out Price specifically.
The outlet, citing insiders, reported Price didn’t think the show was an awards-season contender and questioned whether he watched the series. Calvo added: “All I know is that in the [season two] pitch, he asked us to refer to the characters by the actors’ names because he didn’t know the characters’ names.”
Genevieve Angelson, who played the hard-working researcher Patti Robinson, said she “doubled over and sobbed” on her bedroom floor when she found out Amazon wasn’t renewing the series. The excitement over the show had been palpable to her; for weeks, she had been getting recognized and flooded with deeply personal fan messages.
Long before she learned about the project, Angelson had already read Povich’s book and knew some of the real-life women involved. “It was the role I was born to play,” she said. When she went to the audition, Angelson told the pilot’s director: “Cast me or don’t cast me, but please take this pilot to full series because I need this show. I think we all need this show. I don’t care if I’m a part of it, I just want you to make it.”
The process of making“Good Girls Revolt” was life-altering for some of those involved. The combination of the 2016 presidential election results (which came about a week after the show’s release) and playing Cindy “definitely lit a fire in me,” Darke said. “My generation hadn’t been doing enough. We had gotten complacent.”
- Amazon and Sony, which produced the show, both declined to comment for this story.
- But Amazon’s now-former head of comedy and drama development, Joe Lewis, said that “the show wasn’t performing at the levels we had hoped for.”
For the past week, fans have seized on the news about Price’s departure to call for the show’s revival. Former executive Roy Price reportedly passed on “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies,” both of which won major Emmys, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, he mused openly at a company party about whether the stars in the latter series would show their breasts.
Darke said the cancellation and Price controversy underscores the need for more female entertainment executives.
Plus, working alongside a female director, show creator and producers was a new experience.