'Damien,' 'The Omen' Follow-Up, Canceled at A&E

Damien still - H 2016
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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."

The project was originally picked up straight-to-series with a six-episode order at Lifetime before moving to corporate sibling A&E, where it scored an additional four-episode pickup. The series explored a 30-year-old Damien (Bradley James, Homeland) who is haunted by his past and who now must come to terms with his true destiny: that he's the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages. The show intended to fill in the gap of what happened to Damien over the past 25 years and see the character pulled in both directions as he vies to save the world and himself.
Mazzara penned the script and executive produced the series via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman (Lights Out) developed the project alongside Mazzara and also exec produced via Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield exec produced with Shekhar Kapur, the latter of whom directed the pilot.

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.