‘They canceled it because of her’: The First Lady Gets the Ax After First Season, Fans Blame Viola Davis As Primary Reason


On April 17th, 2022, Showtime and Paramount Pictures released The First Lady all over the globe. Created by Aaron Cooley and consisting of 10 episodes, the drama told interconnected stories of former first ladies and boasted a star-studded cast.

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Following dull and colorless reviews, Showtime has announced that the anthology series The First Lady will not be returning for a second installment. There was the hope that, if the initial outing was a success, the show might then be able to examine a wide range of first ladies and the people that impacted their lives.


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Cast of the The First Lady
Michelle Pfeiffer, Viola Davis & Gillian Anderson

Showtime Cancels The First Lady After One Season

Despite viewers wanting more of the one-hour drama anthology series, The First Lady will not be picked up for a second season with Showtime. The decision against moving forward with the star-studded series comes a little over six weeks after its Season 1 finale aired on the network.


The First Lady received a lukewarm response from critics. The high-profile production was not a favorite of the Television Academy come Emmy nominations morning, receiving three craft nods across all categories. It struggled from the jump, however, with multiple reviews expressing how the series often unfolded like a well-acted Wikipedia summary rather than an engrossing example of episodic television.

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Fans Blame Viola Davis For Show’s Cancellation

Some viewers said Davis was overly pursing her lips, with many complaining her facial expressions were distracting and insulting.

Many people said that Davis was “mercilessly ridiculed” and drew attention to a plethora of critical tweets. One viewer called Davis’s “exaggerated” portrayal “unnecessary and borderline insulting”.


Oscar-winning actress hits back at the critics saying, “it is incredibly hurtful when people say negative things about your work.”

Viola Davis in The First Lady
Viola Davis hits back at the critics

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Fans’ Reaction Towards Cancellation Of The Show

Here are some of the tweets from the fans that loved the show:




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Cast of the First LadyViola Davis and O-T Fagbenle in The First Lady

“The First Lady” is streaming exclusively on Showtime. It also stars Dakota Fanning, O-T Fagbenie, Lily Rabe, Lexi Underwood, Kate Mulgrew.