That's a wrap on the crime drama series Sneaky Pete, as Amazon has decided to cancel the series after three seasons. The show had just seen its third season released in full last month, and that season's finale now ultimately serves as the series finale. Because the series is critically acclaimed with a loyal fan base, this news will undoubtedly bring great disappointment to many viewers. As always with any cancelled TV show, the chance remains for it to find a new home on another network, but what's more than likely here is that we've seen the last of Giovanni Ribisi as "Pete Murphy."
From Sony Pictures Television and Amazon, Sneaky Pete was created by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and House creator David Shore. It tells the story of a con man who assumes the identity of a former prison cellmate to avoid the repercussions of his past life. Co-starring with Giovanni Ribisi were Marin Ireland, Shane McRae, Margo Martindale, Libe Barer, and Bryan Cranston. The series was originally produced as a pilot for a potential run on CBS. After the network passed on the show, Amazon scooped it up soon afterwards for a full series run. It developed a solid fan base to have what wound up being a three-season run.
It wasn't reported exactly why Amazon axed Sneaky Pete, but it certainly wasn't because of its critical reception. All three seasons were universally praised by critics, with the third and final season currently holding a perfect 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It's worth noting that the third season moved its production from New York to California in addition to operating under new show runner Blake Masters. Perhaps these changes may have created some issues behind the scenes, or maybe viewership just wasn't as high as Amazon was hoping for. The bottom line is that the series has ended its run on the network.
Sneaky Pete getting the axe comes at a time where many other shows on other streaming networks are being met with the same fate. Just recently, Netflix cancelled the popular series The Ranch, with its upcoming fourth season serving as its last. Like Sneaky Pete, it had its own devoted fan base now left feeling disheartened over the show's upcoming ending. Similarly, new reports are suggesting the DC Universe TV series adaptation of Swamp Thing has already been axed as well after recently debuting its first season on the service. It leads one to wonder which shows might be next on the chopping block.
It's the end of the road for Sneaky Pete, but Giovanni Ribisi isn't going anywhere. The actor is set to reprise his Avatar role as Parker Selfridge in the upcoming sequels due to arrive in 2021 and 2023. Considering that the original is still the highest-grossing movie of all time, it's likely those movies will also be met with great success. With a schedule that's now more open, we can expect to see Ribisi popping up in other places as well. This information comes to us from Deadline.