Amazon axes The Romanoffs
James R | On 01, Aug 2019
Amazon has quietly axed The Romanoffs, Matthew Weiner’s anthology series.
The show, which premiered last year, is an anthology comprising eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family. Set in seven countries around the globe, The Romanoffs was shot on location in three continents, with each story taking place in a new location with a new cast. The first episode, “The Violet Hour’ starred Marthe Keller, Aaron Eckhart, Ines Melab and Louise Bourgoin and the second, “The Royal We,” starred Corey Stoll, Kerry Bishe, Janet Montgomery and Noah Wyle.
“The result is a sutably lavish affair – you can imagine The Romanoffs themselves very much enjoying the exquisite costume design, set decoration and the bold opening credits that follow the royal bloodline through to the present day,” we wrote in our review. “But it’s one that also feels hollow, in a way that recalls the titular character, but not in a way that feels intentional.”
With a decidedly mixed reaction across the board, it was not likely that the show would be renewed, particularly with an allegation of historical sexual misconduct surfacing against the Mad Men around the time of the show’s release. Now, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke has confirmed at the online giant’s recent TCA presser that there no further seasons planned for the programme.
It joins a number of series that have been cancelled by Amazon, including Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old to Die Young and podcast adaptation Lore. The Romanoffs did garner acclaim at the PGA Awards, but received no Emmy nominations.