Spike cancels Stephen King series The Mist after just one season

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Not every Stephen King adaptation is as well received as IT, as Spike has put the kibosh on the TV shows based on his novella The Mist.

Don’t worry about getting lost in the mist… it’s going away for good.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter, the news has been officially confirmed that The Mist has been axed by Spike. Airing for just one season, the new show is based on a Stephen King novella of the same name. It had previously been adapted as a feature film by Frank Darabont, though this show featured a completely new set of characters.

THR notes that the show premiered with decent numbers at around 1.2 million. Since then, however, the show has struggled to crack the 800,000 viewer mark. With heavy criticism facing the show, it was seeming unlikely Season 2 would turn things around, and this decision doesn’t come as too big of a shocker.

This also comes just months before Spike rebrands itself as Paramount Network in January. However, it’s been said by Spike President Kevin Kay that The Mist could still potentially move forward with a second season after the switch. Now that it’s evident the show isn’t performing to their satisfaction, it’s looking like that’s going to be the end of that one.

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A TV series based on this King story did have a lot of potential, and there were a lot of things to appreciate about the show. But ultimately it just wasn’t quite as gripping as the novella or even the film. Perhaps this is for the best.