There’s good news and bad news for The Bold Type fans. The good news is the series has been picked up for Season 2 and 3. The bad news is creator Sarah Watson has exited.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Bold Type received a two-season 20-episode renewal, however, it will come with a new showrunner. Series creator Sarah Watson will not be returning after apparently having creative issues with the network. Sweet/Vicious alum Amanda Lasher will be taking the reins as showrunner. The first season, under Watson, explored the issues of sexual assault, sexuality, and the balancing act between work and having a career.
It’s always upsetting to hear the creator of a series exit the show so early over creative issues. They are the ones who created the show and made it into something that fans love so it’s also disheartening to here something like this happen.
However, Karey Burke, Executive VP Programming and Development at Freeform, seems to have a lot of faith in the series, despite the fact that it will have a new showrunner.
“At Freeform, we are committed to delivering shows that celebrate the power and possibility of the female voice. Season one of The Bold Type brought culturally significant stories to the masses that not only entertain, but also empower our viewers to conquer the world — we are excited to continue to champion these incredible women.”
For those fans who weren’t aware, The Bold Type is inspired by the life of Hearst Magazine Chief of Content Officer Joanna Coles as well as the lives and loves of those responsible for a global women’s magazine called Scarlet.
Coles has had nothing but positive things to say about the show and is thrilled about the response from the fans.
“When we launched The Bold Type, we had no idea just how strongly it would resonate with young adult viewers who quickly saw their world of intense friendships, relationships, career ambitions, social media habits and crazy sex and love lives reflected back at them. The positive response has been overwhelming — we couldn’t ask for better partners in Freeform and Universal TV and look forward to pushing the envelope further in season two with the phenomenal women and men of Scarlet.”
The overall viewership of the series had a solid audience as well as strong reviews. Season 1 averaged a total of 313,000 viewers and a .15 among adults 18-49 in addition to getting a number of DVR and online views. For Freeform, this is a fairly good start, especially in a demographic that is one of the hardest to grab their attention week after week.
There’s not word yet on when The Bold Type will return soon to Freeform but we can’t wait to see what Lasher and company have in store for us.
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This story was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at SAM_iamXO.