Messiah Season 2-While Netflix continues to roll out new seasons of some of its shows – Sex Education season three has been greenlit, Stranger Things season four was in the works before the global situation halted production, and The Crown is getting a fourth (and final) chapter, allowing it to end on its terms – others die early, leaving multiple threads hanging – a hammer blow for fans who have followed those stories from the start.
There have been several Netflix cancellations, from The OA to Santa Clarita Diet, and we predict plenty more in the future.
Messiah, a thriller about a CIA officer's investigation into a mystery guy who is thought by his followers to be the Second Coming of Christ, was one of the most recent shows to be canceled.
The program's first season premiered on Netflix on New Year's Day; however, it was confirmed at the end of March that a second season would not be produced.
On his Instagram page, actor Wil Travel, who plays Will Mathers in the drama, announced the news: “Today is a sad day. Netflix just informed me there would be no second season of #messiah. I wanted to express my gratitude to all fans for their continued support and affection. I wish things had turned out differently.”
But its demise was not due to a lack of creativity by its author, Michael Petroni.
Messiah Season 2-Before Netflix pulled the stop on the project, he spoke to Collider about its future: “I've had a brilliant notion. There are several seasons where I know exactly where the program is going.
“It's weird because this season was such a massive project to complete, yet when we finished editing it and sat down to watch it, we felt like we were just getting started. It was true.
“It seemed like the beginning of the tale to me,” says the author.
So, Why Isn't There a Second Season?
Netflix seldom gives reasons for canceling series, but when it does, it usually cites poor ratings as a reason, implying that the platform isn't getting enough bang for its dollars.
At a conference in 2019, Netflix's president of original programming Cindy Holland said, “When we're investing, we pick how much to invest depending on the audience that will come up” (via Deadline).
“If the audience doesn't turn up, we consider why we should keep investing in something that isn't performing as well as we had intended.
“Critical praise is vital, but our main goal is to stretch our investment dollars as far as possible and repay our investors' money – after all, it's their money, not ours.”
However, there are rumors that Messiah's termination was not due to low ratings.
“Given the present situation of the world,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, “the business didn't feel sure about producing another season of the program, which boasts an international cast and is filmed in multiple locations.”
Messiah Season 2-The episode was shot in various places, including New Mexico and Amman, Jordan's capital.
It's worth noting that this is not a Netflix statement but rather one from a Hollywood Reporter source.
However, the viewership figures were unlike those of Stranger Things or Sex Education. Petroni would have been bursting champagne instead of pondering what may have been if Messiah had achieved those heights.
The performance itself sparked debate about the usage of the term Al-Masih.
In the cast list, Mehdi Dehbi is named Al-Masih ad-Dajjal, which translates as “The Antichrist or False Messiah,” or “One Who Lies and Deceives.” However, the show's concept raises the question of whether Al-Masih is the actual Son of God.
Some people were agitated because the filming occurred on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, a sacred location.
Because “the content of the series might be significantly regarded or understood as intruding on the sanctity of religion,” Jordan's Royal Film Commission requested that Netflix “refrain from broadcasting it” in the nation.
Even though the plot and characters are “purely imaginary,” the committee nevertheless wants them prohibited.
According to a Change.org petition, the show is “evil and anti-Islamic propaganda” and a “middle finger to religion.”
However, with a little over 5,700 signatures, this is unlikely to have influenced Netflix's decision.
The streaming behemoth responded to the accusations by issuing the following statement (as reported by Deadline): “Messiah is a fictional work. It isn't based on a single person, figure, or faith.
“All Netflix shows provide ratings and information to assist users in making informed decisions about what is best for them and their families.”
But, critiques aside, there has been no official statement on the cancellation, so we can only surmise why the show will not be renewed for a second season.
Both factors might have played a part, but our Spidey instincts tell us that the show's demise was due to a lack of excitement among subscribers.