USA Network announced yesterday that it has cancelled its depression-era strikebreak drama Damnation due to low ratings.
And it’s a damned shame because the Killian Scott, Logan Marshall-Green and Sarah Jones series scored high in my Top Twenty Shows of 2017.
Not even Netflix’s involvement as co-producer to help offset the costs (in return for first-run rights for the series outside of the U.S.) could help save the “epic saga of the secret history of the 1930’s American heartland.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Daniel Fienberg said in his review the “union saga struggles to achieve solidarity,” while the same publication going on to state: “with live-plus-3 returns, Damnation bowed to a not-insignificant 1.4 million viewers. Subsequent episodes, however, dropped dramatically. The latest to see time-shifting adds, which originally aired Jan. 11, barely topped 500,000 viewers.”
While the USA Network’s in-house production could have been better executed, it was a goddamned blueprint in character, world-building and plotting to any budding young television writers.
Rest in Peace, Damnation.