After concluding its first season earlier this fall, it turns out “Dead of Summer” will not live to see a second season.
Starring Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Lail and Zelda Williams, and created by TV veterans Edward Kitsis, Ian D. Goldberg, and Adam Horowitz (“Once Upon a Time”), the series was a horror-drama set in the 1980s following a set of characters attending the fictional Camp Stillwater. What was originally meant to be a summer of leisure is thrown into chaos when the camp’s ancient, dark mythology begins to reign terror upon the residents.
Following its 10-episode freshman season, the cancellation comes as little surprise after “Dead of Summer” failed to make much of an impact in the lineup of other new shows this summer and fall. The series averaged 500,000 weekly viewers and a 0.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic.
Originally, a second season of “Dead of Summer” was meant to take a departure from the 1980s setting of its predecessor and move on into the 1970s, focusing entirely on Elizabeth Mitchell’s Deb during her time as a camp counselor. None of the original cast was meant to return.
This also comes following the network’s cancellation of “Guilt” last month, the other freshman launch of the season that drew similarly low numbers.
After “Dead of Summer” failed to keep up even half of the 0.6 lead in from “Pretty Little Liars” on Monday nights on the network, despite coming from a team of experienced television creators, this marks one of the less surprising cancellations of the year.