Counterpart canceled at Starz; season 3 still possible elsewhere

Counterpart renewed

It looks Counterpart is going to need to find an alternate universe in which the show sticks around. Today, the Starz series was canceled after two low-rated seasons, with the latest one being down significantly from the first go-around, which premiered in early 2018.

In a series of posts on Twitter, show creator Justin Marks confirmed the news, while also confirming that there is still hope for another season elsewhere. CarterMatt has some of what he had to say below:

It’s been an absolute dream for this team… we got to make EXACTLY the show we wanted to… perfect cast, perfect crew on 2 continents… and we’re so grateful to our network for the time we had… Thank you to everyone who made this journey so special for us. Your tweets, podcasts, and intricate conspiracy theories have made it all worthwhile. Fingers crossed that our wonderful studio, MRC, can find a way to keep the dream alive! But in the meantime, one more episode until the end of a chapter. See you Sunday!

Counterpart featured J.K. Simmons (who was amazing in Oz if you’ve never had a chance to see that show) in multiple roles for a complicated narrative about multiple timelines, morality, and so many more questions about what makes a man. Season 2 had some exceptional episodes, but the shame is that not a lot of people stuck around to see them — and the series’ overall audience was never that enormous to begin with. Sometimes, it’s just hard for good original properties to find an audience in 2019, and it’s even harder sometimes within a premium cable world. Counterpart season 2 aired around the same time as Outlander, and unless you had a Starz subscription in order to watch that show, the series may not have been able to pick up all that much of an audience.

As for possible homes elsewhere, it’s going to be exclusively a quality play. We do think that this series would be an interesting fit over at Amazon, where the network already has some thought provoking, character-focused dramas. Hulu is another interesting possibility. We’re not sure that the audience size, at least at present, is large enough for HBO or Showtime — it would be more of a quality play there, where they believed in the series on the strength of its narrative and they would hope that the series would attract more of an audience because of this.

One thing that we certainly will say is that Counterpart season 2 could’ve used more of a promotional push. We’re not sure all of its viewers were even aware that it was on the air in the first place.

What do you think about Counterpart being canceled at Starz after two seasons, and do you think the show could find a new home somewhere else? Be sure to share right now below. (Photo: Starz.)

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