Is ‘Sanditon’ Canceled? Why the Show Isn’t Getting a Season 2 within the U.Okay.

by Jeremy Spirogis
Charlotte and Sidney in Sanditon

People have fallen in love with PBS’s new adaptation of Jane Austen’s unfinished novel Sanditon. The eight-part sequence focuses on a younger girl named Charlotte Heywood who travels to an up-and-coming seaside resort city and finds herself falling for her host’s dashing older brother Sidney. 

Though there are nonetheless a number of episodes but to air earlier than Sanditon wraps up on Feb. 23, many viewers are already questioning whether or not the present might be again for a second season. Unfortunately, there’s no assure that the costume drama will proceed past season 1.

‘Sanditon’ has been canceled within the U.Okay. 

Charlotte and Sidney in Sanditon
Rose Williams as Charlotte and Theo James as Sidney in Sanditon | Courtesy of © Red Planet Pictures / ITV 2019

While Sanditon is simply reaching American shores in 2020, the present premiered within the U.Okay. in August 2019, the place it was broadcast on ITV. Sadly for followers, that community has determined to not transfer ahead with a second season. Poor rankings for the present are guilty. 

“We beloved Sanditon and we had been very proud to have it on ITV,” an ITV spokesperson advised RadioTimes in December 2019. “We would have loved it to return, but unfortunately we just didn’t get the audience that would make that possible for us, which is heartbreaking for everybody involved in this wonderful adaptation.”

How many individuals watched ‘Sanditon’? 

When Sanditon premiered on ITV on Aug. 26, 4.7 million folks tuned in, in keeping with Broadcast. That was a excessive for the costume drama. Only 3.Four million watched the season finale. Overall, the present averaged 3.7 million viewers per episode. 

Apparently, these viewership numbers for Sanditon simply weren’t sufficient to maintain the sequence going, sequence creator Andrew Davies advised RadioTimes. “[ITV] had taken a little bit of successful over Vanity Fair – they’ve form of gone off doing interval drama,” he added, referring to the community’s 2018 adaptation of the William Makepeace Thackeray novel. 

Could U.S. audiences save the present?

While Sanditon is lifeless at ITV, there’s nonetheless an opportunity it may return to a second season. Red Planet Pictures, which produced the present, advised RadioTimes that they’d like to maintain the sequence alive if there was robust curiosity from American audiences. 

“[W]e just hope it’s a big hit in the States and that it makes ITV reconsider,” Davies advised Decider. Another risk can be for PBS or a streaming service to resolve to maintain the sequence going. 

PBS has just lately confirmed that it’s dedicated to persevering with to convey British dramas to U.S. audiences by way of its Masterpiece programming, even because it faces elevated competitors from streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon, in addition to area of interest providers like BritBox. If the general public broadcaster thought there was robust curiosity in Sanditon, maybe it may make an funding in conserving the present alive, although that’s simply hypothesis at this level.

Fans desire a blissful ending 

Charlotte Heywood in SanditonCharlotte Heywood in Sanditon
Sanditon | Courtesy of © Red Planet Pictures / ITV 2019

[Spoilers forward for Sanditon Season 1]  

One motive why some Sanditon viewers are so outraged in regards to the present’s cancellation has to do with its ending. Austen followers got here to the present anticipating the identical type of blissful ending they acquired in Pride & Prejudice or Emma. In these tales, the heroine and her love curiosity are engaged or married by the point the e book ends or the credit roll. But Sanditon threw a wrench into issues. In the final episode, Charlotte nearly receives a proposal from Sidney earlier than he jilts her by deciding to marry one other girl for monetary causes. 

“What. Just. Happened?” tweeted one person after watching the present’s remaining episode. 

“I want a happily ever after,” another declared

A petition to avoid wasting Sanditon has attracted almost 14,000 signatures. “The finale of Sanditon (sequence 1) was unfair, unjust, and unsatisfying,” wrote the creator of the petition. “It doesn’t end like a true Austen adaptation – it feels like it’s ended halfway through the series.”

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