Amazon cancels Sneaky Pete after three seasons

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It’s a sad news day. Amazon has made the official decision to cancel Sneaky Pete after three seasons. Is there hope that it can be saved?

Sneaky Pete has been canceled by Amazon. It’s the official decision from the streaming service. Of course, there are many disappointed fans, but does this mean the show is completely over?

This was one of those rare success stories from the very beginning. Sneaky Pete originally started as a CBS pilot but the network decided to pass on the show. Amazon picked the series up instead, long before there were requests for streaming services to constantly save shows from potential extinction. It’s still relatively unheard of for the pilots to be picked up by streaming services after initially trying on a broadcast network.

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Because of this, there are chances that a network would be saved from cancellation. This is despite a built-in fanbase. If a streaming service has chosen not to save a show, most broadcast networks don’t want to touch it.

The cancellation is a surprise. After the second and third season pickups, Amazon’s Jennifer Salke was all about praising the series, saying how it was one of Amazon’s most-streamed shows. In fact, when renewing it for Season 2 just days after the first season premiered, Amazon said that it was the second-most-streamed series on the service.

Amazon has been on a cancellation spree recently. The Man in the High Castle Season 4 will be the end (although it’s not clear if Amazon wanted to end it or if the show wanted to end itself) and The Tick was recently canceled. Electric Dreams, Mozart in the Jungle, and much more have come to an end.

The streaming services are starting to come under fire for early cancellations. According to The Hollywood Reporter only 7% of shows on Amazon will last more than three seasons. This certainly doesn’t bode well for some of our favorites that are on their third seasons or ahead, such as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Bosch.

Streaming services are focusing on the newer shows to boost subscriber bases, which isn’t a good sign for the longevity of the shows. It might be time for the creators to have two or three-year plans for their shows and that’s it, because it looks like that’s all they’re getting.

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What did you think of Sneaky Pete Season 3? Were you shocked by the cancellation news? What would you like to have seen in a fourth season? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Sneaky Pete is available in full on Amazon Prime Video.