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First Kill Showrunner Blames Show Cancellation on Marketing That Never Went Beyond Teen Vampire Element

Last week, showrunner Felicia D. Henderson went public with her thoughts about why the Netflix show First Kill wasn’t renewed for a new season. Henderson argued that the marketing for the show did not encompass everything that the show had going for it. She said in her statement, “The art for the initial marketing was beautiful. I think I expected that to be the beginning and that the other equally compelling and important elements of the show — monsters vs. monster hunters, the battle between two powerful matriarchs, etc. — would eventually be promoted, and that didn’t happen.” Released June 10, First Kill made it to Netflix’s weekly Top 10 for English-language TV series in its first three days. It peaked at No. 3 in its first full week of release with 48.8M hours viewed, trailing only Stranger Things Season 4 and Peaky Blinders Season 6. But according to Deadline’s reporting, the series did not have the staying power of most Netflix hits and did not meet thresholds for viewing and completion of episodes.

Hogarth Book Reveals Cover of Han Kang’s Greek Lessons

Hogarth Books has revealed the cover for the latest book from Han Kang, author of the International Booker Prize winner The Vegetarian. For Kang’s Greek Lessons, Anna Kochman, the designer of the book jacket, explains that she used the “idea of a kaleidoscope pattern as a jumping off point, because I just feel like those patterns are so beautiful and strange and that fit my experience of the book.” The upcoming novel is translated by Deborah Smith, who shared the International Booker Prize with Han for her translation of The Vegetarian, and Emily Yae Won. Greek Lessons comes out April 18th.

Read an Excerpt from Jennette McCurdy’s Forthcoming Memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died

Former iCarly star Jennette McCurdy’s memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died hits shelves tomorrow, August 9th. Ahead of the book’s release,Vanity Fair is sharing an excerpt from the memoir that details the inappropriate behavior McCurdy experienced working with a man she refers to only as “The Creator.” She also alleges that she was offered $300,000 to stay silent. Vanity Fair has reached out to Nickelodeon for comment.

PRH WTF: The Weirdest Quotes from the Penguin Random House Trial

“Everything is random in publishing. Success is random. Bestsellers are random. So that is why we are the Random House!”