‘Little Voice’ Canceled: Sara Bareilles Show Axed After One Season
Romantic dramedy Little Voice will not be returning for a second season, marking Apple TV+’s first series cancellation.
The streamer has decided not to renew the Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson songwriting series, which was executive produced by J.J. Abrams. The first season premiered in July 2020 and followed the story of Bess (Brittany O’Grady), an aspiring songwriter from New York City, on a journey to find her authentic voice.
Little Voice also starred Sean Teale as Ethan, Colton Ryan as Samuel, Shalini Bathina as Prisha, Kevin Valdez as Louie King, and Phillip Johnson Richardson as Benny. Bareilles and Nelson served as executive producers alongside Bad Robot’s Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
While the series featured original music from Bareilles, the story was not based specifically on her start in the music industry. “We learned really early on that it was not helpful to the show to lock into this being my story,” the Grammy and Tony Award nominee said at the time.
Bareilles also stated that Nelson, with whom she collaborated on Broadway’s Waitress, once told her, “‘This is not you… We are creating [Bess’] world, and it’s inspired by you, but it has to have its own soul and its own universe to inhabit.'”
Despite the end of Little Voice, Bareilles still has a busy schedule, as she stars in Peacock’s Girls5Eva, which was recently picked up for a second season. Meanwhile, O’Grady has been cast in ABC’s fairytale drama pilot Epic, where she will play the lead role of Luna, a broken-hearted princess about to embark on a new love story.
The news of Little Voice’s cancelation came as a major disappointment to the show’s fans. Check out some of the reaction below:
I loved everything about this television show. We will never know what happened with Samuel and Bess. pic.twitter.com/v7j1qJxSOg
— Alicia4Peace (@Alicia4laughter) August 5, 2021
This is such a bummer. Little Voice was worth watching for Louie’s storylines alone. https://t.co/fp0wONYnIz
— Devon + (@devondundee) August 5, 2021
Disappointed to here @AppleTV has cancelled Little Voice after just one season. Needed a few tweaks in the second season but was a lovely little show with a brilliant diverse cast. #LittleVoice #cancelled #apple #AppleTV pic.twitter.com/Jlscp3F6y4
— Xand Richardson (@Xand_Richardson) August 5, 2021
this is so upsetting. little voice is the only apple tv+ show i enjoyed enough to stay subscribed :/
— shan (@ninosbackpack) August 5, 2021
So sad to hear that #LittleVoice is cancelled
— | (@TheAdCorner) August 5, 2021
Little Voice, Season 1, Now Streaming, Apple TV+