Spike TV Cancels The Mist
Stephen King fans might be flocking to see It in cinemas, but Spike's TV series adaptation of The Mist finished up its first season last month with barely anybody realising. Considering the dwindling audience numbers a second season was always a long shot, but Spike has made it official, and The Mist has been cancelled.
Based on Stephen King's novella of the same name, The Mist TV series had big shoes to fill as Frank Darabont's 2007 film version is arguably one of the best adaptations of King's work. The premise remained the same with a mysterious mist full of nightmare creatures descending on a small town. Featuring Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and the ever exceptional Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), the series debuted to modest viewing figures and a decidedly mixed reaction from audiences. However, that mixed reaction turned sour as the series deviated wildly from the source material, and those that were watching turned off in droves.
Spike TV is undergoing a rebranding and as of January 18, 2018, will be under the new banner of the Paramount Network. The shakeup was announced earlier this year and the Paramount Network is "described as a general entertainment network carrying scripted and unscripted programming". Some of that new scripted programming includes Taylor Sheridan's (Wind River) Yellowstone starring Kevin Costner, six-part mini-series Waco starring Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, and the TV reboot of cult classic Heathers.
While one Stephen King adaptation disappears like morning dew, 2017 has more of King based entertainment coming our way on Netflix. Mike Flanagan's (Ouija: Origin of Evil) acclaimed adaptation of Gerald's Game is available now, and Thomas Jane stars in 1922 which arrives on Netflix on October 20.