Dangerous Liaisons Canceled at Starz, Undoes Season 2 Renewal

By Jessica Lerner 

Starz has reversed course and canceled Dangerous Liaisons after renewing it back in November ahead of the series premiere.

The final three episodes will air as scheduled.

The show is being shopped around, according to Deadline.


The prequel to the well-known novel from the 18th century struggled to find an audience, which led to the show’s cancellation, according to the news outlet.

Dangerous Liaisons, which premiered on Nov. 6, followed two illustrious protagonists, the brazen Camille (Alice Englert) and crafty Valmont (Nicholas Denton), as they used every trick in the book to rise to the pinnacle of high society in pre-revolutionary France.

Kosar Ali, Carice Van Houten, Hilton Pelser, Fisayo Akinade, Michael McElhatton, Nathanael Saleh, Colette Dalal Tchantcho, Hakeem Kae-Kazim and Tom Wlaschiha also star.

The novel, written by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, has undergone numerous adaptations, first for the theatre and subsequently for the screen. A 1988 film version starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich was nominated for seven Oscars. The story was eventually reimagined as the teen drama Cruel Intentions, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe.

This is the second period drama to be recently canceled at Starz. The first, Becoming Elizabeth, was canceled in November.