To my surprise the series, Three Pines, based on the Armand Gamache books by Louise Penny was not renewed for a second season. I first read of the cancellation on the Rap Sheet blog.
Variety magazine received an email from Amzaon Prime confirming the cancelation and blandly stating:
“We are proud of the work done on the series and the opportunity to work with great partners”.
I have not been able to find an actual explanation online on why the series was canceled.
The program’s showrunner, Emilia di Giorlamo, who had departed for another project wrote on Instagram:
“I was not involved in the conversations and negotiations wround renewal but I have been told Left Bank, Sony & Prime Video all wanted to bring the show back but were unable to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.”
Louise Penny was clearly unhappy. She wrote on Facebook:
We finally have word from Amazon Prime Video. There will be no second season of THREE PINES. Despite achieving #1 for Prime in US, Canada, UK and other markets, and top ten wherever it was broadcast, Amazon has decided to cancel it. I am shocked and upset. Like any show, it had growing pains, but it was only going to get better and better. And it already had Alfred Molina as Gamache! Alfred was deeply invested in the show. He wanted to pass this along to you:
**Sadly, we will not be returning with a second season. My personal disappointment aside, I am proud of what we achieved, and honored to have been part of a wonderful creative tem who gave everything to bring Louise’s books to the screen.**
If you want to write to Amazon with your thoughts, the executive in charge of Prime Video Television is Vernon Sanders. His email is: email@example.com
Her post has drawn 2,500 comments. I have not read all of them. A sampling indicated a majority enjoyed the show. A significant minority had reservations. Many of those with reservations echoed what I had said in my review of the series. A link ot my review is below.
On her website prior to the show being aired last year Penny had said:
I’m sure you are wondering how true it is to the books. There are definitely changes, some I struggle with but overall I am pleased and relieved. It will be interesting to see what you think.
In an interview with Vanity Fair she recounted her reservations about the movie, Still Life, the first effort, a decade ago, to put Gamache in a film:
Really? Isn’t this the second time Gamache landed on the screen?
It is, and he did, and thank you for bringing that up! It wasn’t my favorite experience, to be honest, and not because of the actors or any one thing in particular, it just wasn’t, I felt, a true reflection of the spirit of the books. Afterwards, every time anybody asked [to make a show], I said no. A hard no. I don’t have much to gain but lots to lose. My characters are very important to me and every decision I made was personal.
I had thought Still Life a barely average movie with Nathaniel Parker badly miscast as Gamache.
She says further in the interview that she agreed to a deal with Left Bank Pictures for the series that became Three Pines principally, but not only, because they had made The Crown.
She recounted to Vanity Fair the push and pull between author and series producers. They agreed with her that it had to be set in Canada but not all went as she wanted:
Can you give me an example of a battle you lost?
Sure, yes, I’ve been open and honest about this. The village is much darker than my village, the villagers aren’t open or welcoming. Everyone has dark secrets. My village is a sanctuary and my characters are a lot more accepting. That’s my Three Pines, but the show goes another route. That’s okay too, and I accept it.
On the rating of the show I could not find a ratings report that had Three Pines as one of Amazon Prime’s top 10 series of 2022 or 2023. FlixPatrol had it ranked 16th in 2022 and 11th in 2023. It is difficult to sort out ranking as the show was released in December so there were viewers in both years. Those rankings suggest to me it did well despite the late year release.
It was clearly set up to be continued because of the cliffhanger conclusion to the first season.
While it could go to another streaming service most articles I really doubt Three Pines will be picked up.
There is a mystery to be solved here. What were the reasons three major media companies could not reach agreement to continue a series each wanted to bring back?
(2022) - Season One of Three Pines