EXCLUSIVE: A pair of YA drama series are coming to an end at the Peacock.
The NBCU streamer has been cancelled One of Us Lies and Vampire Academy.
One of Us Lies ran for two seasons, while Julie Plec’s Vampire Academy ended after one.
Deadline understands that executives at the Peacock were creatively happy with both shows, but simply didn’t find the necessary audience to justify further seasons.
One of Us Lies, based on the novel by Karen M. McManus, launched in October 2021 and was the first Peacock pilot to go to series. It was renewed for a second season earlier this year which aired in October 2022.
Vampire Academy received a straight-to-series order in May 2021 and premiered in September 2022.
Both shows come from Universal Studio Group.
One of Us Lies, from UCP, follows what happens when five high school students enter detention, and only four of them survive. Everyone is a suspect and everyone has something to hide.
Annalisa Cochrane (Addy), Chibuikem Uche (Cooper), Marianly Tejada (Bronwyn), Cooper van Grootel (Nate), Barrett Carnahan (Jake), Mark McKenna (Simon), Melissa Collazo (Maeve) and Jessica McLeod (Janae) star.
The first season resolved the mystery of Simon’s death, and the second season picks up after the first season finale instead of following McManus’ sequel novel, One of Us Is Next, set a year later.
Erica Saleh, who adapted the novel and wrote the pilot script for the series, took over as showrunner for the second season, replacing Elite co-creator Daría Madrona, who will remain with the series as an executive producer. The series is also executive produced by John Sacchi and Matt Groesch of 5 More Minutes Productions who developed the pilot, along with Saleh, Jan Oxenberg, Molly Nussbaum and Bill Johnson.
The show is being shown as a Netflix exclusive in a number of international markets, including the UK, India, South Korea, Brazil and Japan.
UCP is exploring other options to continue the series.
Vampire Academy comes from Julie Plec and Marguerite MacIntyre, and is based on the book series by Richelle Mead.
Written by MacIntyre, Vampire Academy is set in a world of privilege and glamour, where the friendship of two young women transcends their vastly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter the royal vampire society. This serialized and sexy drama combines the elegance of aristocratic romance and the supernatural thrills of the vampire genre.
The cast includes Sisi Stringer, Daniela Nieves, Kieron Moore, Andre Dae Kim, J. August Richards, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Rhian Blundell, Jonetta Kaiser and Andrew Liner.
Plec and MacIntyre executive produce the Peacock series along with Emily Cummins, Don Murphy, Susan Montford, Deepak Nayar and Jillian DeFrehn. Bille Woodruff is directing the pilot. Additional series directors include Plec, Luis Prieto, Jesse Warn, Erica Dunton and Geoff Shotz.
Vampire Academyproduced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. It has also done well internationally, selling in more than 100 territories worldwide. Similarly, the studio is exploring other options to continue the show.
The cancellations are not a big surprise and come as the streamer enters the next phase of development.
Peacock is having a hot month with the launch Godfather which is thought to have been good for the network and Rian Johnson’s case-of-the-week mystery series An expressionless face starring Natasha Lyonne. She also started a delightfully weird series Paul T. Goldman.
Plec is already developing her next project at Peacock. She and she Vampire Academyco-executive producer Adam Starks have set Freeman mystery drama series set in a small, picturesque Georgia town, to the streamer after the NBCU streamer won the project in a competitive battle.
The streamer also recently ordered a contemporary horror thriller based on the Robert McCammon film Stingby writer Ian McCulloch (Yellowstone ), James Wan from Atomic Monster (Swearing Universe) and UCP, has other upcoming titles such as Based on a true story with Kaley Cuoco and Mrs. Davisby Damon Lindelof and Tara Hernandez.