No Season 2 for the novel-based drama.
May 31, 2017
It was announced this morning that Quarry has been cancelled at Cinemax after just one season. Word came this morning from co-creator Michael D. Fuller, who made the announcement via a post on his website.
Fuller noted that early work on a second season of the show had already begun before his team found out that it was being shut down. He cited that despite solid ratings and critical reception, a re-branding at Cinemax and a regime change at parent company HBO were the primary factors for the cancellation.
Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, Quarry followed a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 only to find himself shunned by loved ones and vilified by the public. Struggling to deal with his experiences at war, he is drawn into a network of corruption and killing that spans the length of the Mississippi River.
Belated thanks! Another example AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies and PBS' Mercy Street.
Really well done show and authentic.
Who should we send an email to to get it back on.
"This seems to be part of a larger trend of networks cancelling critically and ratings successful television shows. Is it production costs?" - Yes
It is part of the content bubble that might exist. Sure your show is good but there are over 100 quality shows that people cans choose from. With streaming, and digital technology, giving us access to them at all times we have to choose from them all, not just what is being shown right now. This means that to produce a quality show a company is going to spend money on it. In turn they will have to get more money for it to make it worth keeping. In the end what is great ratings and will make a show profitable is rising, but the consumers are splitting and going to be harder to get. Content providers, like cinemax and wgn, have to get OUTSIDE viewers more and more. This means no longer just having free in house advertisements, but stuff like bus ads and billboards. This adds to the cost too.
I expect a drop in cost soon however. Actors that are coming from the movies, with their large one time budgets, are expecting to get paid as well as a movie. Soon they will no longer be a draw for long-run productions. Consumers are already looking for story over named actors. Actor cost will start to align to demand and producers will start to bulk at high wage demands. We will lose more quality shows before then, but it will adjust.
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