Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, one of the most well-received — and innovative — new series of 2020, will not be renewed. “We will not be doing the second season of Lovecraft Country,” says the producer. “We are appreciative for the talented cast and crew’s devotion and craftsmanship, as well as Misha Green’s revolutionary series. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us, fans.”
The powerful Lovecraft Country caught pop culture by storm in August with its unique combination of horror, fictitious period drama, actual historical people, fantasy, sci-fi, and social criticism, and helped further the social discourse sparked by George Floyd’s murder.
The series starring Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors rose in popularity thanks to strong word of mouth, with the Season 1 finale attracting a series-high viewership on HBO (1.5 million) and becoming the most-watched new episode of an original series on HBO Max on its first day of availability. The debut episode had surpassed the 10 million viewing milestones by the time the finale was published in October.
Oscar Winners By Film & Studio: ‘Nomadland‘ & Netflix Take The Lead, However, the positive response to the first season of Lovecraft Country, which Green developed, executive produced, and showrun and was produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, did not ensure a renewal.
Season 1 was based on Matt Ruff’s book, which served as a guide for the rest of the series. HBO sought a potential second chapter of Lovecraft Country in the same way it did previous shows, most notably Big Little Lies, which ended up generating an original second season following a first episode based on Liane Moriarty’s novel.
In February, Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max to maxblizz, “Misha is working with a small team of writers and they’re coming up with a perspective.” “In the first season, she had a book to work on. She and the authors wanted to go out and find out what kind of trip they wanted to take without writing a book with these people. We’re all hoping she’ll have a story to share. She’s now working on such concepts there. We’re giving them the time to work because I, like Misha, am extremely hopeful.”
The first season of Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Freeman (Majors) on a road trip throughout 1950s Jim Crow America with his childhood friend Letitia (Smollett) and uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) in search of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue mission becomes a battle to survive and fight both white America’s racial terrors and monster creatures straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft book.
Green wrote and executive produced Lovecraft Country. Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions label executive produced the film. Executive produced by Abrams and Ben Stephenson through Bad Robot Production in collaboration with Warner Bros. Television. Bill Carraro also served as an executive producer on the film. Yann Demange, the director of the first episode, and Daniel Sackheim, the director of the second and third episodes, were also executive producers. The first episode of the series was executive produced by David Knoller.
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