Add The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to the list of Netflix shows canceled after a single season.
The streamer will not go forward with the show, a prequel to Jim Henson’s 1983 movie produced by his namesake company. News of the cancellation comes just two days after the show won an Emmy for outstanding children’s program.
“We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” said executive producer Lisa Henson. “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes, and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future. Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant.
“We are so grateful to Netflix for trusting us to realize this ambitious series; we are deeply proud of our work on Age of Resistance, and the acclaim it has received from fans, critics and our peers, most recently receiving an Emmy for outstanding children’s program.”
Netflix said in a statement, “We are grateful to the master artists at The Jim Henson Company for bringing The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to life for fans around the world. We’re thankful to the executive producers Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and Louis Leterrier, who also directed all episodes, as well as the writers, cast and crew for their outstanding work and thrilled they were recognized with the Emmy this weekend.”
Age of Resistance featured an A-list cast that included Lena Headey, Anya Taylor-Joy, Taron Egerton, Mark Hamill, Jason Isaacs, Simon Pegg and Nathalie Emmanuel. The series premiered in August 2019 to positive reviews (including from The Hollywood Reporter), but one source close to the streamer recently characterized it as an “expensive disappointment.”
The series joins a list of short-lived Netflix shows that include Altered Carbon (two seasons), The Society and I Am Not Okay With This — both of which had second-season renewals rescinded for to pandemic-related reasons — Turn Up Charlie, Messiah, Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show and Soundtrack.