Back in March of 2015, VH1 had just renewed the comedy Hindsight for a second season despite its low ratings. But just as quickly as they announced the renewal of the series, they released news of its cancellation after internal restructuring.
Hindsight focused on an unhappy young woman named Becca (Laura Ramsey) as she time-traveled back in time to her youth in the mid-’90s with the goal of changing things around. Co-star Sarah Goldberg, played Becca’s BFF Lolly.
Scripted series have been a successful part of VH1’s primetime line-up since 2010 and will continue to be in the future. We love Hindsight and couldn’t be more proud of the series. But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audiences possible for our series. As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with a second season of the show. We’re so appreciative of show creator Emily Fox, the cast, and the creative and production teams and look forward to working with them again.
Recently the Emmy nominated actress reminisced about her time on the series and how the bad news lead to better opportunities to work on after the scramble to find recognition of her talents—similar to her character Sally on HBO’s breakout sleeper hit, Barry.
“That was kind of like your actor’s nightmare,” the actress recalls. “For nearly a year, we had a Season 2 pickup, and I think it was about six weeks before shooting. Our sets were literally on the road from Atlanta to Los Angeles, where Season 2 was set to film. We were all devastated. We’d become a little family… we had such a good time regressing and going back to the ’90s.”
HBO’s dark dramedy stars Bill Hader as the title character Barry— a hitman from the Midwest who travels to Los Angeles to kill an assigned hit, but finds himself caught up in an acting class taught by Henry Winkler’s Gene Cousineau. In the series’ season 2, Goldberg is given a more prominent role other than Barry’s love interest and can be seen fleshing out her acting career.
But it wasn’t all bad news for the actress, due to the unexpected cancellation of the series, VH1 was required to pay the cast and crew for a full season. The early cancellation allowed her more freedom to actually focus on projects she wanted to rather than those she felt obligated to take, which ultimately allowed Barry to land in her lap.
“In a roundabout way, it did lead to Barry, because I was able to take six months and wait for a really great script, which I hadn’t been able to do previously. And then Barry came through, and my jaw was on the floor.”