Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ Dissipates at Spike After One Season
Boy, that Stephen King sure has his ups and downs. After the roller-coaster summer that was The Dark Tower flop and IT’s unparalleled success, the King-produced Spike TV adaptation of The Mist is officially one-and-done after a single season.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms as much, noting that the decision coincides with Spike’s upcoming 2018 re-brand to The Paramount Network. The Mist had been granted a series order back in April, and made a sizable 1.2 million viewer debut in June, but rarely topped 800,000 viewers thereafter.
Adapted from King’s novella, the series featured Vikings alum Alyssa Sutherland, Six Feet Under and American Horror Story favorite Frances Conroy, The Wire alum Isiah Whitlock Jr, Morgan Spector, Luke Cosgrove and more. Here’s the synopsis:
Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike’s “The Mist” centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.
Written by RITA scribe Christian Torpe, the series drew inspiration from the Stephen King novella, as well as Walking Dead alum Frank Darabont’s 2007 film. Did Spike or Paramount owe it another chance?