Within this article, we come bearing some rather-unfortunate news when it comes to the future of Lodge 49. Or, to be specific, there is no future for the series … at least at AMC.
Today, the network officially canceled the quirky Wyatt Russell-led series after just two seasons on the air. It’s an unfortunate reveal, but we also can’t say that it is entirely unexpected. The second season of the show struggled to average a 0.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and posted under 200,000 weekly live viewers. It was down in both measures more than 50% versus the comparable numbers in season 1. Were there a number of people watching after the fact? Certainly, but Lodge 49 is a show that deserved so much more. It was funny, creative, beautifully-shot, and it captured life in Long Beach in a wonderful way. While it’s only a brief distance from Los Angeles, the series is effective in painting it as though it is a completely different world. In a lot of ways, it very much is.
In a statement, here is some of what the network had to say about the subject:
“We are so proud to have had Lodge 49 on our air … This wonderful show gave audiences fresh and unforgettable characters in a world that did not exist anywhere else on television. Thanks to the stellar cast, including Wyatt Russell, Sonya Cassidy and Brent Jennings, and to our partners in this unique labor of love, [creator] Jim Gavin, [showrunner] Peter Ocko and [executive producer] Paul Giamatti, for two remarkable seasons that initiated the world into The Ancient and Benevolent Order of the Lynx.”
Is there a chance at a season 3 somewhere else?
Within the modern-day climate of shows and networks, you never want to say never when it comes to this sort of thing. Yet, at the same time it’s hard to have a supreme amount of confidence in a series that struggled to maintain a consistent live audience in season 2. A streaming service may be a better choice, but it feels almost like Lodge 49 is one of those shows viewers will demand more of three or four years from now when people start to discover it. It’s just one of those inevitable casualties of an era of television where there are a number of things happening all at once.