The Fate of Elle Fanning's The Great Revealed

Hulu has revealed the fate of Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult's satirical comedy The Great three months after its third season dropped in May.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Aug 30, 2023 7:53 PMTags
Watch: Elle Fanning Talks Finding Herself On "The Great"

For fans, this news is not so great. 

Hulu has canceled The Great after three seasons, according to Deadline. The series, which starred Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult as Catherine the Great and her husband Peter III, had debuted its third, and now final, season back in May.

E! News has reached out to Hulu for comment but has yet to hear back.

Premiering in 2020, the satirical comedy followed the life of Catherine the Great during the early days of her rule over Russia. However, the show took several creative liberties with the life of the iconic ruler and wasn't afraid to put a spin on the classic period drama by creating zany, irreverent characters and storylines. And over the course of three acclaimed seasons, the series picked up seven Emmy nods—including a win for Outstanding Period Costumes in 2022 as well as nominations for Elle and Nicholas that same year.

And The Beguiled star has spoken about how she's grown in her years playing the iconic empress. On a professional level, the role allowed the 25-year-old to break out into a new kind of character

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"For a while I was most known for being either a child actor or a Disney princess," she said during The Hollywood Reporter's Comedy Actress roundtable published June 6. "That's a box that I feel like, a couple of years ago, I really was trying to shatter. The Great, again, it's like a blond royal, but it's so turned on its head because it's raunchy and violent and we're saying the C-word every other word."

"I am grateful for the show," she continued, "because I don't feel I'm fighting against the child actor thing anymore." 

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And while walking the 2022 SAG Awards red carpet—during which she was nominated for her work on the show—Elle described the ways in which she's learned from Catherine. 

"To me, she's so empowering," she told E! News' Laverne Cox. "I might be scared to take the risks that she does, but I'm learning through playing her to find my voice even more, which is a really beautiful gift."

And to see other shows that have either been canceled or renewed in 2023, keep reading. 

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Peacock’s high-octane action-comedy starring Anthony Mackie has been renewed for a second season.

Renewed: Found

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Ending: Blue Bloods

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Renewed: Love Island USA

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Renewed: Unstable

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Renewed: That's My Jam

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Renewed: Based on a True Story

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Cancelled: iCarly

iCarly will not be returning for a fourth season on Paramount+," the streamer announced Oct. 4. "The series had a great three-season run and delivered on what fans really wanted to see with Carly and Freddie finally getting together.  We want to thank the entire cast, the writers, directors and producers along with the whole crew for their dedication, creativity and talent.”

Renewed: Only Murders in the Building

"Only Murders in the Building is coming back for Season 4!" Hulu announced in October. "Let the investigating begin... "

Cancelled: Home Economics 

The ABC comedy will not return after season three, Variety reported.

Cancelled: The Wonder Years

ABC cancelled the revival of the classic '90s series after two seasons, THR reported.

Cancelled: How I Met Your Father

Hulu has cancelled the comedy after two seasons.

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Hulu has cancelled the Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult-starring series after three seasons.

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OWN announced the courtroom drama's third season will be its last with the final 10 episodes airing fall 2023.

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Renewed: Daryl Dixon

The Walking Dead spinoff is returning for season two, AMC announced at Comic-Con 2023.

Renewed: Dead City

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Katy PerryLuke Bryan and Lionel Richie will all be returning as judges for the ABC singing competition's upcoming 22nd season.

Renewed: Summer House: Martha's Vineyard

Bravo's Summer House spinoff Martha's Vineyard, featuring an all-Black cast of friends, has been renewed for season two.

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