The network did not comment on a reason for this decision. However, series star Maria Bamford, like her character, is living with bipolar disorder, and late last year she told Variety she has had to adjust the schedule of shooting the show to make sure she stays healthy.
“With the TV show, that was generally more than I could do,” Bamford said. “I had a 12-hour turnaround last time, and doing that on such heavy psychiatric meds, I was just half-asleep almost the entire day. They did such a beautiful job last year — they made me a “Bam-cave” that I could shut myself into so I could shut out the noise and take a nap. And I got to take a full hour for lunch. They were very kind.”
Bamford also said she had expressed that if she were to do a third season, she would have needed “children’s hours.”
“Lady Dynamite” was co-created by Mitchell Hurwitz and Pam Brady. Bamford’s character (also named Maria) had a unique and specific point of view, a lens through which she saw everything from her relationships with friends, family, boyfriends and co-workers to the Hollywood industry she worked in over all, that often lent itself to fantasy sequences and jumps into a very-distant future to showcase some of her greatest fears.
When the series first debuted in May 2016, Variety‘s Chief Television Critic Maureen Ryan noted how its niche outlook managed to surprise and open up the stories, saying it presents “such an amusing combination of humane wisdom and goofy wit that it quickly establishes itself as must-see fare.”
The first season consisted of 12 critically-acclaimed episodes, while the second season was a little shorter, at eight.
The second season of the streaming comedy launched on Nov. 10, 2017, following Maria as she juggled healthier living with her new relationship and embarking upon a new job at a streaming network.
In addition to Bamford, “Lady Dynamite” stars Fred Melamed, Ana Gasteyer, Mo Collins, Mary Kay Place, and Ed Begley, Jr.