swamp thing cancelled

Following a reduced episode order and reports of a troubled production, DC Universe is pulling the plug on Swamp Thing. The supernatural superhero series, based on the comics by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, has been cancelled merely one week after it premiered on the DC Universe streaming service.

It’s been six days since Swamp Thing premiered on DC Universe on May 31, but /Film has confirmed that the streaming service has decided not to pick up the comic book horror series for another season. Geeks Worldwide first reported that DC Universe had axed Swamp Thing after just one season. The rest of the show’s 10-episode season will be released on DC Universe over the next two months, leading up to the finale on August 2, 2019.

The cancellation follows a bumpy road to the small screen for Swamp Thing, which earlier this spring was plagued by reports of a troubled production that foreshadowed an early doom for the series. The North Carolina production shut down early, much to the surprise of cast and crew members, with the initial 13-episode season run cut down to 10 episodes for “creative reasons.”

Swamp Thing showrunner Mark Verheiden, who runs the series alongside Gary Dauberman, had assured fans that the shorter episode order didn’t change trajectory of the season, which he described as an “origin story” about “the character Swamp Thing coming to terms with himself and it’s a love story about Abby figuring out how they can fit together in that world.”

The series premiered on May 31 as planned, and will air its remaining 9 episodes on DC Universe.

Swamp Thing stars Andy BeanDerek MearsCrystal ReedMaria StenJeryl PrescottVirginia MadsenWill Patton, and Jennifer Beals.

When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Update: This Twitter thread from writer John Gholson indicates that the reason for the show’s cancellation has to do with North Carolina’s tax rebates. You can read more about that here, but check out his thread below:

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