“Sad to say Praise Petey will not be renewed at Freeform,” Drezen shared in an Instagram post. “I cannot believe we got to make this show. Best crew, best cast, top to bottom the dream of my life to make something this funny and unwell that went on actual television.”
The series premiered on Freeform on July 21 of this year and consisted of 10 episodes. Drezen acknowledged the difficulties in attracting viewers to a new show in the summer and during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
“I have heard that making a non-IP show during covid that premieres during a double strike in the dead of summer was not ideal for viewership,” the former Saturday Night Live writer added.
Drezen encouraged people to watch the show that has Annie Murphy voicing the titular character with Christine Baranski, Stephen Root, John Cho, Amy Hill, Kiersey Clemons and Brian Jordan Alvarez also part of the main cast.
“Thanks to everyone who watched and loved these characters as much as I did, and biggest thanks to Alex Jones and Charlie Kirk for bravely yelling about the show when the actors couldn’t. Will never forget you,” she concluded.
Per Freeform’s logline for the show, Praise Petey followed Petey, “a New York City ‘it’ girl who has it all until her life comes crashing down around her. As luck would have it, a mysterious gift from her father gives her a new lease on life: She’s going to “lean into” modernizing his small-town cult.”