With an unprecedented number of projects based on the works of Stephen King coming to fruition at a breakneck pace, they can’t all be winners. For every spectacular IT, there will be a disappointing Dark Tower. If the most recent disappointment is any indication, the small screen may not be the place for King-related projects: We’re getting word that Spike has canceled The Mist after a single season.
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I can’t say I’m surprised or saddened; while I was gung-ho to give the series a spin, it was completely disheartened by the season’s midpoint. I even penned a Top 10 List of the reasons The Mist failed (lack of monsters, mostly).
Picked up straight to series in April 2016 as part of Spike’s push to re-enter the original scripted space, the drama starring Morgan Spector and Frances Conroy launched in late June to solid sampling, drawing 1.2 million viewers to the premiere with live-plus-three day Nielsen returns. However, the rest of The Mist’s run could barely crack 800,000 viewers — even with DVR. Among adults 18-49, it couldn’t even crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.
So long Copeland family; we hardly knew you!
Fans of The Mist should take heart in the fact that Frank Darabont’s 2007 adaptation is considered a paradigm of Stephen King movies and an exemplar if 21st Century horror. If you’ve forgotten just how good the film is, check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Terror mounts as deadly creatures reveal themselves outside, but that may be nothing compared to the threat within, where a zealot (Marcia Gay Harden) calls for a sacrifice.