With the box office success of It and the critical success of limited TV series Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King's been having a pretty great year…but it hasn't been without some stumbles along the way (I'm looking at you, domestic box office disappointment The Dark Tower). The newest "stumble" comes from Spike TV, with the cable network announcing that it has cancelled their series adaptation of The Mist after only one season.
Since the show's premiere on June 22, the series failed to make a substantial impact in the ratings. By the end of the series on August 24, The Mist was averaging a painfully weak 0.14 rating in the key demo of adults 18-49 (462,000 viewers per episode) in Nielsen's Live+Same Day ratings.
Having covered the series for most of its first and only season, the show was plagued by inconsistent writing, wooden characters and questionable storyline decisions. The show did have its bright spots, most notably Frances Conroy's turn as Nathalie Raven and Dan Butler's Father Romanov. But the series overall was never able to rise above the level of "painfully mediocre"; and at a time when there's so much on television and streaming to choose from, there wasn't nearly enough to The Mist for it make the cut. A ton of potential that suffered from poor execution.
Based on both King's novella and the 2007 Thomas Jane film of the same name, the series centered on a family and a small town torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout, a mysterious and other-worldly mist rolls in, cutting-off the town from the rest of the world…and from each other. The Mist starred Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Washington Jr. and Conroy; with Amanda Segel and Christian Torpe serving as executive producers through TWC-Dimension.
The Mist was initially included as one of the six scripted series that the Paramount Network would be debuting with in 2018, with the other series including: dark high school comedy reboot Heathers; half-hour Alicia Silverstone comedy American Woman; six-part cult leader David Koresh miniseries Waco; Yellowstone, the first straight-to-series order picked up specifically for Paramount Network; and the genre drama adaptation of The Shannara Chronicles book series. There's been no word yet if the Paramount Network's parent company Viacom will formally announce a replacement series prior to the network's official rebranding.
Spike TV will debut as the Paramount Network on January 18th, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST, with festivities kicking off with a live one-hour Lip Sync Battle from the Paramount lot in Hollywood.