2:58pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Damien,' 'The Omen' Follow-Up, Canceled at A&E
It's one and done for The Omen follow-up Damien.
Cable network A&E has canceled the drama from former Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
"This hurts to say but #Damien will not be getting a second season. Thank you from all of us to our amazing fans," Mazzara wrote on Twitter, thanking the cast, A&E and crew. "I really loved making #Damien. We all did. We just never got the numbers there. Gave i[t] our best shot."
Damien opened in March to 750,000 total viewers and wrapped its run May 9 with 405,000 tuning in. The drama becomes the latest one-and-done at A&E as the cable network struggles to find a scripted companion series to partner with long-running Psycho prequel Bates Motel. A&E previously paired drama Those Who Kill and The Returned with Bates, but both low-rated series were canceled after single seasons. A&E, meanwhile, is developing L.A. Riots drama The Infamous and is teaming with The Weinstein Co. on military drama series Six.
Damien becomes the latest film-to-TV take to be canceled as sometimes even intellectual property isn't enough to cut through a crowded scripted landscape that features more than 400 original series. Fox this season canceled Minority Report and CBS lowered the ax on Rush Hour. Meanwhile, a new roster of big-screen remakes are due next season including Taken, Lethal Weapon and more.
Damien also was the first of multiple exorcism series in the works, with Cinemax already renewing the yet-to-premiere Outcast — based on the comic of the same name from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman — and Fox just picked up a reboot of The Exorcist.