Freeform is killing the lights on Paige Townsen and her adventures on Famous In Love.
The network has axed the series, based on the series by Rebecca Serle, after two seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Freeform has yet to confirm the cancellation.
According to THR, a major factor in the cancellation had to do with Famous In Love‘s expenses. Mainly how streaming partner Hulu — which has SVOD rights to the drama — wasn’t able to provide a larger contribution to keep the series running.
Famous in Love‘s same-day viewership averaged 254,000 total viewers in season 2, which was down from 330,000 in its first season. So Hulu declined to contribute more and Freeform opted to cancel the series.
But it sounds as if behind-the-scenes drama also had a play. According to THR, “Sources also say news of the cancellation was considered a relief for many members of the production. Star Thorne and showrunner King are said to have clashed on multiple occasions, with the actress exhibiting what sources described as “diva-like behavior” on set. Sources note Thorne actively wanted off of Famous in Love with the actress and social media star having refused to participate in Freeform-organized live-tweets during its second season.”
Famous In Love wrapped its second season with several large cliffhangers that showrunner I. Marlene King promised would be payed off in season 3. Now, that won’t be the case.
Famous In Love joins Shadowhunters as the second major series that Freeform has cancelled within the last month.