Sad news for all fans of “Damien” out there looking to see a little bit more of the series: It’s not happening. After one low-rated season on the air, A&E has went ahead and canceled the show. It was the latest attempt to find a companion for their highly-rated “Bates Motel,” but in the end, it just didn’t happen to work out.
In a statement on Twitter, showrunner Glen Mazzara confirmed the news with the following series of posts:
“This hurts to say but [Damien] will not be getting a second season. Thank you from all of us to our amazing fans … The Damien fandom has been the absolute best. So sorry we won’t be able to continue our story for you … I really loved making #Damien We all did. We just never got the numbers there. Gave [it] our best shot.”
We wish we couldn’t say it, but we’re not entirely surprised by the news. The ratings for the series were not great, and more than that, this is a cable network with a history for canceling shows almost like no other. Just look at “The Glades,” “Those Who Kill,” “The Returned,” or “Longmire.” There’s no real reason why these cancellations continue to happen other than just the sole fact that the network for whatever reason has struggled at times to greenlight solid concepts, or failed to attract fans to them in many cases. With “The Glades” and “Longmire” in the first place, we feel like they probably chased the younger demo, looking at the numbers for “Bates Motel,” to their detriment. The Robert Taylor series in particular has found a great home on Netflix.
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