OWN Cancels Family Saga ‘Ambitions’ After One Season

Ambitions (Credit: OWN)

Ambitions has been canceled by OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

The news came from series star Robin Givens, who took to Instagram Thursday to let fans know.

“Found out last week #Ambitions wouldn’t be returning for a second season,” the actress captioned a photo of herself looking disappointed.


Givens played Stephanie Lancaster, an ambitious attorney plotting to take charge of her family’s prestigious law firm, on the series.

Brian White co-starred as her husband, Evan Lancaster, Atlanta’s power-hungry mayor with dreams of becoming the first African-American governor of Georgia.

Essence Atkins, Kendrick Cross, Erica Page, Brian Bosworth, Matt Cedeño, Deena Dill, Gino Anthony Pesi and Kayla Smith rounded out the main cast.

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OWN described the series as a multigenerational family saga centered around a woman who finds herself going head to head with some of the most powerful and deceitful players in the city.

Ambitions was produced by Will Packer Media in association with Lionsgate and its producer-distributor Debmar-Mercury. Jamey Giddens created the series and served as executive producer/writer. Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth were also executive producers, and Kevin Arkadie was executive producer/showrunner.

Giddens confirmed the show’s cancellation on Twitter

“So this happened… #Ambitions was such a joy to create. I am forever grateful to @willpowerpacker and @LionsgateTV for the incredible opportunity to tell a fun, decadent story showing that tales about black and brown people don’t have to be steeped in pathos & tragedy,” he tweeted Thursday.

News of the cancellation came on the same day OWN announced it had renewed Love & Marriage: Huntsville; Black Women OWN the Conversation; and Ready to Love for second seasons, the cable network also said Black Love was also picked up for a fourth season. The new seasons will air later this year.