EXCLUSIVE: One of the most famous – and inventive – new series of 2020, Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, will not receive a second installment.
“We’re not going to move forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,HBO said in a statement to Deadline. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the talented cast and crew, as well as to Misha Green, who designed this groundbreaking series. And fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.
With its unique blend of horror, fictional period drama, real historical figures, fantasy, sci-fi and social commentary, the Lovecraft Country stormed pop culture last August and helped advance the social conversation sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Aided by word of mouth, the series, starring Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors, expanded its fan base, with the Season 1 finale reaching a high audience on HBO (1.5 million) and becoming the newest episode of ‘a most watched original series on HBO Max in its first day of availability. By the time the finale was released in October, the first episode had passed the 10 million viewer mark.
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But the enthusiastic reception of the first season of Lovecraft Country, Created, executive produced and broadcast by Green and produced by Bad Robot by JJ Abrams and Monkeypaw Productions by Jordan Peele, did not automatically guarantee renewal.
Indeed, Season 1 was based on the book by Matt Ruff, which served as the roadmap for the series. As HBO has done with other series including Big little lies which ended up producing an original second season after a debut installment based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, HBO pursued a potential second chapter of Lovecraft Country.
“Misha works with a small team of writers and they come up with a take. She had a book to do in the first season, she and the writers wanted to go and take the time to go out and figure out book-less with these characters, what’s the journey we want to take, ”Casey Bloys, The Content Director of HBO and HBO Max, told Deadline in February. “We all want to be sure she has a story to tell. That’s where she is right now, working on these ideas. I have a lot of hope, just like Misha, so we give them time to work.
Ultimately, after careful consideration, it was decided not to proceed with a second season.
At the time of Lovecraft Country finale aired in October, Green described for Deadline where she wanted to take the series. “I envision a second season that carries on the spirit of Matt Ruff’s novel by continuing to reclaim the genre storytelling space that people of color have typically been excluded from,” said Green, who co-created another. acclaimed series, Underground, before developing Lovecraft Country.
The 10-episode first season of Lovecraft Country followed Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he traveled with his childhood friend Letitia (Smollett) and his uncle George, played by Courtney B. Vance, on a road trip from Chicago through the 1950s Jim Crow America in search of her missing father Montrose, played by Michael Kenneth Williams. Their search and rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the monstrous creatures that could be snatched from an HP Lovecraft paperback.
Lovecraft Country was produced by Green, Peele, Abrams, Ben Stephenson, Yann Demange, Bill Carraro and Daniel Sackheim. Its first season won a Golden Globe Drama Series nomination, a SAG Award Drama nomination, a BAFTA TV Award nomination, and eight NAACP Image Award nominations, among other accolades.