New life for a freshman CBS title has expired. According to Deadline, Clarice, the sequel series to the 1991 film, Silence of the Lambs, will not be having a second season. The psychological thriller was set to transition from the linear network to Paramount+. But reports find negotiations between ViacomCBS and MGM, the series’ producer, fell flat.
According to Deadline, the series’ move to the streaming platform was first announced May 14. The show was going to join two other CBS titles making the same transition: action procedural SEAL Team and horror thriller, Evil. The plan was to allow Clarice, which gravely underperformed on broadcast, to build a following on the streaming service where it had received more robust ratings. However, somewhere between the announcement date and now, the plan was foiled with neither party commenting on who folded first.
Deadline reports sources counted a number of reasons for the failed relaunch. Some alleged MGM was not satisfied with the final terms of the deal ViacomCBS was offering for the series. Despite meeting many of MGM’s asks, talks halted to the point where top executives for both entities became involved.
According to Deadline, MGM found issue with the licensing fee for Clarice which CBS increased from around $1.3 million dollars an episode to $3.8 million. This budget would have covered about 78% of the cost. However, MGM argued the other two series making the same transition had almost 90% of their budgets fulfilled by CBS. Both SEAL Team and Evil are fully produced under CBS Studios.
Deadline details MGM and CBS could also not agree on an episode order. While MGM believed they were guaranteed a 15-episode run, CBS insisted the standard was 10 episodes. In comparison, SEAL Team and Evil received a minimum of 13 episodes. Clarice’s production company also had hoped to eventually allow the show to stream on its own streaming service, Epix. But the waiting period to air the series did not meet MGM’s standards.
According to Deadline, MGM’s recent buyout by Amazon occurred the same week as Clarice‘s move was announced. Some alleged the acquisition played a part in the deal not moving forward. MGM insists it played no role in the negotiations.
Clarice was set to be the first successful attempt at a TV adaptation based on the Clarice Starling character, via Deadline. The series was helmed by Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jenny Lumet (Star Trek: Discovery, Rachel Getting Married). Starring Rebecca Breeds (The Originals, Pretty Little Liars), the series followed Starling’s return to the FBI a year after she found and murdered notorious serial killer, Buffalo Bill.