9:04pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Syfy's 'Blood Drive' Canceled After One Season
It's the end of the road for Syfy's Blood Drive.
The grindhouse drama has been canceled after one season, series creator James Roland announced Wednesday in a lengthy blog post following the season one, and now series, finale.
"Unfortunately, your suspicions are correct. Syfy has canceled Blood Drive after one season. If this news makes you angry or sad, you’re not alone. I found out not too long ago, but have been trying to think of a way to tell you guys since I felt it was up to me to let the fans know," he wrote. "Ultimately I decided to wait until after the final episode aired so the news did not taint your experience. It simply didn’t seem right to burst the bubble so early, especially with how the last episode plays out. We always planned for a season two, but now that the future of the show is uncertain the final scenes seem so much more … final."
In his post, Roland attributed the series' premature end to low ratings. However, he also praised Syfy, calling the NBCUniversal cable channel "the only network with the steel to make the show in the first place."
Despite the cancelation, Roland said he's optimistic about the possibility of more Blood Drive. "There’s definitely no season two in the immediate future, but I remain cautiously optimistic there’s more story to tell in this world. NBC|Universal owns the show, so when the time comes I’ll approach them with some ideas and we’ll see what they think," he wrote, subsequently encouraging fans to use the hashtag #RenewBloodDrive on social media.
Blood Drive received a straight-to-series order in July 2015 and premiered in June. The series was set in a near-apocalyptic future and centered on Los Angeles' one remaining good cop who must join a twisted and bloody cross-country death race that includes, yes, cars powered by blood.
Roland wrote the series, which hailed from exec producers John Hlavin (Underworld: Awakening) and David Straiton (Bates Motel) and studio Universal Cable Productions. Smallville's Alan Ritchson and Christina Ochoa starred in the series, with Ochoa recently landing the lead female role in The CW's forthcoming military drama Valor.
The news comes days after Syfy canceled Dark Matter after three seasons and renewed Killjoys for its final two seasons. The cabler's slate also includes The Expanse, The Magicians, Channel Zero and the final season of 12 Monkeys, as well as new entries Happy!, based on the Grant Morrison graphic novel, and the Superman prequel series Krypton.