Usually, in the TV business, it's a network that decides it doesn't want to continue a show and the executive producers beg for another season. For two of Amazon's big hits, it's the other way around. The head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, and her executive team, told journalists at the summer Television Critics Association summer press tour that the streaming service is hoping to renew two beloved series as soon as their showrunners agree to tell more of their stories.
First, Good Omens premiered its first season at the end of May to good reviews and even a campaign to have it shut down by Christian evangelists. Neil Gaiman, the author of the novel on which the show is based and the adaptation's showrunner, has written an unpublished sequel novel, but it remains to be seen whether Gaiman will return to the world of Good Omens on television.
"We're lucky to have an ongoing relationship with Neil [Gaiman] and we're so excited about how the season has done for us," co-head of TV Vernon Sanders said. "The notion has come up about whether we can revisit the world. It's in Neil's hands now and we'd love to do it. It just takes a little time..whatever he wants to do we're interested in."
Amazon is in a similar boat with Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has said that FleabagSeason 2 was the last she wanted to do for the series. However, Salke is hoping the current Bond scribe will change her mind.
"I am basically [Phoebe]'s stalker. Anything she wants to do, we are happy to do," Salke confessed. "Nothing would make us happier than for her to bring another season of that show or anything else she wants to do. I'm forever the optimist, so I remain hopeful until its totally over. So, I'm with you, I'm hoping."
However, not all showrunners are being chased by Amazon for more episodes. Co-head of TV Albert Cheng announced there are "no plans at this time" to bring Steve Conrad's Patriot back for more episodes. Amazon also announced the cancellation of Nicolas Winding Refn's Too Old to Die Young and Matthew Weiner's The Romanoffs.