‘Messiah’ Cancelled by Netflix After Just One Season; Stars Respond

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No return in store for Netflix series Messiah.

The streaming giant has chosen to pass on renewing the mystery-thriller series, which had its 10-episode first season arrive on January 1st, 2020.

“It’s with a heavy heart to announce that we won’t be able to return for a second season,” star Michelle Monaghan, who played CIA agent Eva Geller, posted on social media.

“I have so much gratitude to everyone who tuned in, supported and whose global perspectives were broadened from watching our show. To have worked with such a dedicated, talented, kind cast and crew, to have traveled to some of the most beautiful and sacred places in the world and to have met people near and far, was a once in a lifetime experience.”

Co-star John Ortiz, who played Felix Iguero, also shared his reaction to the news. The actor was clearly disappointed, pointing out that Netflix had cancelled the show even though “a whole new badass batch of Season 2 scripts were delivered and ready to go.”

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Dear Messiah Fans, I didn’t think things could get anymore nonsensical, but we received the sad news from Netflix earlier today that, although a whole new badass batch of Season 2 scripts were delivered and ready to go, we will not be continuing with S2. Working on the show, then receiving tons of love and support from you all was humbling and pure joy. I wish things were different. I wish I can say that Season 2 will begin filming when things get back to normal because I can’t think of a better premise than Messiah to speak truth to the unimaginable global occurrences we are enduring right now. So…I’ll tightly hold on to the fond memories of S1 and the all the heartfelt messages I received from all of you around the world. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Stay safe and strong out there. Much love, always John (“Rev Felix”) 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

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Created by screenwriter Michael Petroni (The Book Thief, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), the series focused on what unfolds after a man appears in the Middle East with followers who claim him to be the eschatological return of ‘Isa (Jesus). His sudden appearance and apparent miracles spark a growing international following. A CIA officer investigates.

Messiah was a big production, filmed in locations around the world and featuring an international cast. As Deadline points out, it’s “the type of production that would be extremely difficult to pull off any time soon as most of the world continues to be gripped by the global coronavirus pandemic.”

The series was also the cause of some controversy. The Royal Film Commission of Jordan, two days before it was to debut, requested it not be shown in the predominantly Muslim country. There was also concern with the use of Jerusalem’s sacred Temple Mount.

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