Lovecraft Country will not be returning for a second season, HBO announced Friday.
“We will not be moving forward with a second season of Lovecraft Country,” the premium cable network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”
The horror drama series starred Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Aunjanue Ellis, Michael K. Williams, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Chung and Courtney B. Vance.
Lovecraft Country centered on a young Black man who travels across the segregated South in the 1950s in search of his missing father.
The drama debuted in August 2020, with the first season ending in October. The finale was watched by a total audience of 1.5 million viewers across all platforms, marking a season high. Monkeypaw Productions, Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television Studios produced the series.
It was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for best performance by an ensemble in a drama series, and picked up a best drama series Golden Globe nomination.
Lovecraft Country was based on a single novel of the same name by Matt Ruff. The cancellation was somewhat surprising, considering showrunner Misha Green said in October she was discussing a second season with HBO.
“We’re in talks with HBO [about] the possibility of it, but nothing’s official,” Green said.
After news spread Friday that it was one and done for Lovecraft Country, Green tweeted out a description of what she had previously planned for season 2, with the next chapter set in the “Sovereign States of America.”
“Wish we could have brought you #LovecraftCountry: Supremacy. Thank you to everyone who watched and engaged,” Green captioned the post.
— Misha Green (@MishaGreen) July 3, 2021