USA Network has cancelled period drama Damnation after only one season.
Set in the Depression era, the new series stars Killian Scott and Logan Marshall-Green. It was co-produced by Netflix, as the streaming giant continued its trend of boarding other projects early on to secure exclusive rights across multiple territories. Before Damnation has even arrived on Netflix UK, though – Season 1 is released at the start of February – the drama’s fate has already been sealed.
Mixed reviews greeted the show in November, when it premiered in the US. [“THR reports that the series struggled to find an audience, with 1.4 million watching the opening episode but just 500,000 tuning in this month. Even with Netflix helping to reduce the costs of an expensive 1930s production, the low ratings were not enough to justify the expense of an epic saga.
The scrapped project follows huge success for USA Networks’ flagship programme, Mr. Robot, which airs in the UK on Amazon Prime Video. The channel’s other titles include Colony, Falling Water, Suits, and Shooter. Netflix and USA Networks are far from done doing business, though, as the streaming service remains a co-producer on Shooter and the upcoming anthology series, Unsolved.