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Tears were flowing during the Sweet/Vicious panel at ATX Saturday, but cheers rang out when talk turned to the possibility of saving the show.
The short-lived but beloved series, which aired for 10 episodes on MTV last year, followed Jules (Eliza Bennett), a sexual assault survivor turned vigilante, as she teamed up with slacker hacker Ophelia (Taylor Dearden) to take down rapists on their college campus. After an unusual wait, MTV announced the show’s cancellation in late April.
But hope is not lost.
“MTV killed us slowly and not so kindly, but they said if you could find a studio that will partner, we’ll go forward, which didn’t happen,” executive producer Stacey Sher said. “We found four studios, so all we really need is a network right now. We’re still incredibly hopeful. [MTV] has been very gracious and have kind of said that they’ll make it very easy for us. They were very proud of the show and many people there, most of whom are no longer there, contributed greatly to the show. They went through a lot of regime changes and it was challenging.
“We’re fighters,” she concluded. “We hope it’s not only 10 episodes.”
“Looking at the cancellation of our show, it is easy to feel like maybe your story doesn’t matter, and that could not be more false,” creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson said. “Shows get canceled for reasons that have literally nothing to do with the show. That is what happened here. Unfortunately, our show was about something extremely important. … You are valid and you are heard. And your stories matter so much. Sweet/Vicious or not, I’m not going to stop telling those stories, and neither is any woman on this stage.”
If given more seasons, Robinson mentioned plans to explore sexual assault through the eyes of LGBTQ and racial communities.
As it were, working on such a series was eye-opening for everyone involved, particularly Bennett, who broke down during the panel as she shared her experience preparing for the role and talking to survivors.
“That’s when I found out that half of my friends had been raped and never told anyone,” she said, wiping her tears. “It’s everywhere and we have no idea. That’s why I’m so sad this show has been canceled.”