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Because honestly, that ending was so unlike Jane Austen. She certainly wouldn't have left so many loose ends in her story.

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Hi, Zeljka.

I watched portions of the first couple episodes, but didn't care for the production, so abandoned it.

I've read that it was originally intended to have a Season 2 (which was why the series concluded so open-ended), but that ratings were disappointing in the UK and therefore that ITV decided to not renew it. It was left to whether or not it would be popular on PBS in the States as the one possible hope that it could perhaps be given a stay of execution and get a new lease on life for renewal.

However, nothing that I've read has provided any type update/verdict regarding whether any decision, since the series completed its run on PBS, has been made by ITV, PBS, or anyone else.

Hi genplant29,

thank you for quick answer! I am sorry to hear that. I am not surprised by poor ratings though. Characters weren't quite likable; one storyline was especially unpleasant for a fan of traditional historical drama. Still, despite many faults, the show may have been better accepted if they actually ended the season properly. I surely wouldn't be that much disappointed.

I didn't like that the vibe felt (and was) decidedly modern-revisionist, not in keeping with the spirit of a Jane Austen novel. I watched quite a bit of the first episode, and a portion of the second (and think also watched bits of a subsequent episode or two), and kept observing that story and production choices just didn't feel or seem right, to an extent that ultimately left me unable to "buy" it.

My guess is that the series won't be resurrected, as seems like "the powers that be" would have announced something by now, if viewership numbers for the PBS run of the series had been deemed substantial enough to warrant overruling ITV's 2019 decision that the series is cancelled.

True, the show wasn't quite in Jane Austen spirit. It's just a shame not to have a conclusion to the story. I hope they've learned something from that. There's another unfinished work by Jane, Watsons, that might be done too, and if they pull the same trick as with this one, I'll be furious!

So true. Viewers don't like being left with major unanswered plot points and perpetually dangling story lines, thus no feeling of "closure" regarding what all they invested significant time in watching and following. Indeed frustrating!

I read yesterday that there's a new forthcoming PBS Masterpiece miniseries that'll air sometime this summer, that's also a British period drama from ITV - that likewise was originally intended to have a 2nd season (so supposedly likewise ends open-ended), but that ITV opted to cancel the series after the one season's UK airings, thus that no one will probably ever get to see how the story lines were supposed to eventually end. Outraged PBS fans of Sanditon are saying they're going to boycott the forthcoming series due to feeling like "what's the point?", like they're not being treated right, being presented with a series that (again) PBS already knows has been cancelled in the UK (therefore that's unlikely to ever be continued).

Of course, knowing that I wouldn't also watch that new series!

I do not understand these producers. You do not entice viewers with cliffhangers but with well written stories. In this case, the story is Sanditon itself, Jane Austen didn't finish the novel anyway. They could've have wrapped the story lines of these characters, introduce us to the new ones, and make a second season be about these new characters. Of course, the old ones may be still the center of the piece, and they still can have their own moments.

Sorry, I didn't mean to preach on you :) Thank you for telling me this!

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