J.K. Simmons-starring series Counterpart has been cancelled after two seasons.
Starz has decided it won’t be continuing with the series following the upcoming season 2 finale, which makes that episode the overall series finale… unless, that is, it gets picked up elsewhere. More on that in a sec.
“Justin, Jordan, J.K. and the entire cast and crew delivered a beautifully executed series,” Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik said to Deadline, the outlet that broke the news. “It was a pleasure working with this team on two seasons of expert storytelling brought to life by best-in-class performances across the board.”
Also starring Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Nazanin Boniad, and Sara Serraiocco, the series follows a UN employee (Simmons) who discovers that the agency he works for is actually hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension. This other world holds his other self, who is a top spy.
Critically, the series has been hugely acclaimed, locking in a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score, but the viewer numbers clearly haven’t been enough for Starz to warrant another season. Which brings us to the possibility of a continuation elsewhere.
Deadline reports that although Starz made its decision to cancel the series back in late December or early January, they decided to extend cast options until Feb 1st to offer studio MRC a chance to sell the series to a new company. Streaming services are currently being looked at.
Cast options have now expired and there is a possibility that they could find new jobs, but, as creator Justin Marks tweeted, the dream for a season 3 may still be alive.
“It’s been an absolute dream for this team… we got to make EXACTLY the show we wanted to… perfect cast, perfect crew on 2 continents… and we’re so grateful to our network for the time we had,” Marks posted.
“Thank you to everyone who made this journey so special for us. Your tweets, podcasts, and intricate conspiracy theories have made it all worthwhile. Fingers crossed that our wonderful studio, MRC, can find a way to keep the dream alive!”
The season 2 finale of Counterpart will be airing on Starz on February 17. For those in Australia, you can watch the series via SBS On Demand right HERE.