Cinemax has gone one and done with its drama series “Quarry.” Co-creator Michael D. Fuller announced the news Wednesday in a blog post.
“After a protracted and agonizing process, we have final confirmation that ‘Quarry’ will not be returning to television,” Fuller writes. “There were several factors that contributed to the show’s ultimate fate, but a regime change at HBO and a re-(re?)-branding at Cinemax were of particular significance; we attempted to find another home for the show but were unable to do so.”
Fuller co-created the show with Graham Gordy; the two previously worked together on “Rectify.” The show, based on novels by Max Allan Collins, followed a Vietnam veteran (Logan Marshall-Green) who’s drawn into the underworld of Memphis and other towns along the Mississippi River.
The show averaged a fairly small 180,000 viewers in initial airings over an eight-episode run last fall.
The cancellation comes in part because of the rebranding — or rather, reconsideration of original series strategy — at Cinemax. HBO’s little brother will focus more on cost-efficient international co-productions for its future originals, including a rebooted “Strike Back.”
Cinemax also has yet to announce a Season 2 premiere date for “Outcast,” which drew a similar-sized audience in its first run last summer (it was picked up for a second season before its premiere). “Outcast” has already aired in some countries outside the United States.
“Quarry” joins these shows that have been canceled in 2016-17.