Earlier this summer, 20th Television released a brand new original animated series, “Praise Petey”, on Freeform and Hulu in the United States. The show was also released as a Star Original on Disney+ around the world.
The series follows Petey, a New York City “it” girl who has it all until her life comes crashing down around her. As luck would have it, a mysterious gift from her father gives her a new lease on life: She’s going to “lean into” modernizing his small-town cult.
“Praise Petey” was created by Anna Drezen, who is a former head writer of “Saturday Night Live” and she took to social media to announce that the show has been cancelled after one season.
Sad to say Praise Petey will not be renewed at Freeform. I cannot believe we got to make this show. Best crew, best cast, top to bottom the dream of my life to make something this funny and unwell that went on actual television. I have heard that making a non-IP show during covid that premieres during a double strike in the dead of summer was not ideal for viewership. It’s still on Hulu as of right now, if you want to watch it you should do it soon. Thanks to everyone who watched and loved these characters as much as I did, and biggest thanks to Alex Jones and Charlie Kirk for bravely yelling about the show when the actors couldn’t. Will never forget you.
As Anna said in her announcement, with the series debuting during both the actors’ and writers’ strikes, promotion for the show was much harder.
“Praise Petty” starred Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek”), John Cho (“Cowboy Bebop”), Kiersey Clemons (“The Flash”), Stephen Root (“Barry”), Amy Hill (“Magnum P.I.”) and Christine Baranski (“The Good Fight”).
Bandera Entertainment’s Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Dustin Davis, along with ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico, and Monica Padrick (“Central Park”), served as executive producers on the show.
And as with any show that is cancelled, if you haven’t already watched it, or haven’t finished watching it, I’d recommend doing so as soon as possible, since Disney does regularly remove cancelled shows from its streaming services to write the shows off as a failed asset to save money.
Earlier this year, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke out about how they will be reducing the amount of general entertainment content they create and focusing on a more curated lineup of original programming.
There has been a big question mark over the future of the Freeform channel, with reports of Disney looking to sell the channel and most recently, Freeform was removed from the Spectrum cable platforms, reducing how many people have access to the channel.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.