Amazon Cancels ‘Mad Dogs’

Belize-Vacation-Gone-Wrong Drama Series Won’t See Season 2

Amazon will not go forward on a second season of Mad Dogs, the offbeat drama series about four friends on a vacation gone bad in Belize.

A series of 19 tweets from executive producer Shawn Ryan Feb. 28 started out with, “1) Wanted to report that a decision was made not to make any more episodes of Mad Dogs.”

Mad Dogs, whose cast includes Steve Zahn and Michael Imperioli, follows four former college friends who reconnect at a pal’s seaside villa in Belize. It becomes evident that the friend, played by Billy Zane, is mixed up with some shady local characters, and his four mates suddenly find themselves in a ton of trouble.

Ryan, who created The Shield for FX, said Mad Dogs, a remake of an English series, was initially envisioned as a 10-episode arc in its entirety. Ryan said Amazon asked for an outline for subsequent seasons in order to green light the first batch of episodes.

Tweeted Ryan: “…We had that conversation on Thursday with [Amazon Studios chief] Roy Price and company. Cris [Cole, creator] and I laid out a story for Season 2 we believed in”; followed by, “…Ultimately, Amazon didn’t want to make that story and we didn’t want to make the kind of story they wanted us to make…”