There’s some bad news coming out this holiday season pertaining to Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency — you won’t be seeing a season 3 in the future on BBC America. Today, Deadline reports that BBC America has opted to cancel the Elijah Wood-led series after just two seasons on the air. We cannot say that we’re altogether shocked by the news — most BBC America series tend to have a reasonably short shelf life — but we’re still somewhat saddened by it. Clearly the network didn’t want to draw this out for a long period of time and give some of the show’s longtime fans any hope that it could be returning.
In a statement per the aforementioned publication the network had the following to say:
“We are beyond proud of this brilliant original series and so appreciative of the outstanding team behind it including Max Landis, Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, and many many others … It was a privilege to work with this talented and passionate group of writers, producers and actors on these two seasons of Dirk. Thanks also to the passionate fans who embraced this fantastically novel world.”
The second season (which wrapped over the weekend) barely mustered a 0.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and averaged around 250,000 viewers per episode. Both were small decreases from the first season — unfortunately, the numbers from the first season weren’t altogether great and this was therefore a show that needed to post some either relatively-level numbers or improvement in order to stand much of a serious chance at coming back for more down the road.
In general we do think that BBC America is a network in vast need of another breakout hit. The last one that they had was of course Orphan Black, which brought a ton of attention to them thanks to star Tatiana Maslany’s performance. Unfortunately, it’s already concluded its run.
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