The Stephen King based series The Mist has been canceled after one season at Spike.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spike has ended the series after it failed to achieve a high viewership. The series started off strong when it first premiered back in June to a fairly good start for the network. However, the rest of Season 1 could not draw the audience back and resulted in the show not being able to crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.
Spike’s pickup of The Mist was part of a push for the network to get back into original scripted television. Even though this attempted didn’t work out as well as the network wanted it to, Spike still has a chance to become a major player in the original scripted market with The Shannara Chronicles and what they have planned in the near future. After all, remember that Spike is being rebranded and transformed into Paramount Network. The president for Paramount Network had previously stated that The Mist had potential to move to Paramount for Season 2, but it depended on how well its freshmen season did. With the cancellation, the Paramount Network will move on to some other properties. One of these such properties is Waco, which was highlighted during the Ink Master finale, along with Yellowstone from The Weinstein Company. The network is also developing the TV Land entries American Woman and Heathers.
As for The Mist, is there potential for another network to pick it up? FX could be a good fit. The types of shows that this network has is similar to The Mist and has the audience for it. Typically people who tune into FX are looking for those science-fiction-horror shows. For instance, The Strain and American Horror Story are both on FX and are both horror series. They both attract a good viewership and keep their audience coming back. This is exactly was The Mist needs. This series needs a home who understands the type of audience it needs. In addition, if FX were to pick it up, it could be paired with either The Strain or American Horror Story. Fans are already watching and it would possibly even bring in additional fans.
Despite the cancellation, we wish The Mist all the luck in finding a new home. For the time being, ratings may make the journey an uphill climb.
For news related to The Mist, including whether or not it will be picked up, be sure to visit this link. (Photo: FX.)
This story was written by Samantha D’Amico. If you want to follow her on Twitter, you can do so at SAM_iamXO.