Showtime has declined an extension The man who fell to earth for a second season, revealed The Hollywood Reporter. The news comes after showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet originally conceived the drama as a limited series, but changed course during the filming of the first season. According to the report, studio executives were happy with the creative decisions and felt the season was coming to a natural end. It also notes that the decision predates the recent leadership change at Paramount, Showtime’s parent company, which saw oversight of the network change hands David Nevins to the ex-Viacom manager Chris McCarthy.
The series was originally ordered from CBS All Access (now Paramount+) in 2019 and moved to Showtime in March 2021 as the drama was deemed a better fit for the network’s slate of premium programming. The limited series is based on Walter TevisThe 1963 novel of the same name, in which an alien comes to Earth on a mission to find a woman who can help save his species. However, things take a turn when they discover that in order to save his world, they must first save Earth. The novel was first adapted as a film in 1976 starring a music legend David Bowie and Candy Clark. Speaking of the project, a Showtime spokesperson said in a statement: “Our thanks go to the extraordinary Kurtzman, Lumet, john hlavin, and Sarah Holzman who did an amazing job of turning the David Bowie film into such a resonant story for our time.”
The series presented Chiwetel Ejiofor as Alien/Faraday, Naomi Harris as Justin, Annelle Olaleye as Molly, Clark Peters as Josiah Falls, Bill Nighty as Thomas Jerome Newton, Jimmy Simpson as Spencer Clay and Kate Mulgrew as Drew Finch, among others. The official statement praised the talented team behind and in front of the camera, confirming: “Alex and Jenny originally intended The man who fell to earth be a closed story. While we flirted with the idea of extending it into a second season, we all ultimately decided to embrace it as a well-told one-season story.”
Kurtzman and Lumet served as co-showrunners along with Hlavin. The duo also co-produced with Timberman, Karl Beverly, Heather Kadin, and Rolla Bauer Next Françoise Guyonnet of the studio channel. Meanwhile, Kurtzman and Lumet remain on overall contracts with CBS Studios and have several shows in the works, including the star trek Franchise.
You can check out the trailer for the limited series below:
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