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.

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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.” 

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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.”

Damnation - Season 1

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.