Over last several years, we got some pretty massive shows and movies thanks to adaptations of different Stephen King’s works. Most recently, IT kick started the fall movie season with solid box office performances and Mr. Mercedes is showing its promises in the small screen. However, Spike’s The Mist failed to capture the same praise and the show has been canceled ahead of the network’s brand change to Paramount Network in 2018.
The latest news comes thanks to The Hollywood Reporter as the report pointed out the disappointing return of the adaptation. The Mist was initially thought to be a massive project for the network as it gave a straight-to-series order earlier last year. Everything seemed fine for the network as the show saw a million viewers during its first week of release. However, those numbers dropped significantly by half in the following episodes. Although the show had consistent performance, it wasn’t enough for the network to give green light for another season.
The Mist is based on the Stephen King’s novella Skeleton Crew which was turned into a featured film years earlier. While the movie didn’t have the same amount of praise as the novella, it was massively popular due to the ending which differed from the end of the book. Interestingly, the television series went to different direction from both movie and the novella itself. The show featured Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney and Frances Conroy. As for the story, it follows the character’s life in the town as a monster-filled mist is out in the streets. While there are several big horror series at the moment, the show didn’t have the same attraction which ultimately resulted in the show’s cancellation.
As for the network, Spike is set to change its corporate name and branding to Paramount Network in January next year. As a result, the network is planning on bringing a new wave of programming. If you are a big fan of Stephen King’s works, then you will get plenty of treats as several streaming networks including Hulu and Netflix will bring adaptations. While Netflix is currently working on bringing Gerald’s Game and 1922 soon, Hulu will bring series Castle Rock shortly. As for small screen, most of the popular shows are set to return in few days’ time with new seasons.
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