A Fan-Favorite Streaming Series Gets Canceled
Blood and Treasure has been canceled at Paramount+
Blood and Treasure will not be getting a Season 3. TVLine reports that the action adventure series has been canceled at Paramount+ and there are no plans to shop it around to other networks. This news comes shortly after word that Paramount+ would be merging with Showtime to become one streamer that couldn’t possibly be accused of spending too much time thinking of a new name: Paramount+ with Showtime.
The canceled Blood and Treasure was billed as something of a marriage between Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code. Matt Barr (Hatfields & McCoys) stars as former FBI Agent Danny McNamara and Sofia Pernas (NCIS) is his old flame, art thief Lexi Vaziri. In spite of a complicated past, the pair join forces when left with no other choice.
The argument could be made that, more than anything else, Blood and Treasure is a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Critics weren’t huge fans of the adventure series but it was nevertheless well-received by audiences when it premiered on CBS in 2019. While its first season finale came in August 2019, COVID-related delays made sure the follow-up didn’t see the light of day for three years, at which point it had moved from CBS to Paramount+.
The streamer’s merging with Showtime is likely another nail in the coffin for Blood and Treasure. News of the merging came with a long list of programs being canceled, with other already canceled series being completely removed from the platform. The affected programs included Let the Right One In, American Gigolo, American Rust, Wakefield, On Becoming a God In Central Florida, and Kidding.
Along with the programs being canceled and/or removed, the upcoming drama Three Women was shuttered before it could get off the ground, though it was later picked up by Starz. Likewise, Showtime’s The Talented Mr. Ripley was canceled only to be picked up by Netflix. So far, Blood and Treasure seems to be the first big victim on the Paramount+ side of things.
Just like most streaming services, Paramount+ is going through some challenging times right now as it seems like the industry still hasn’t figured out, well, the industry. While Paramount+ doesn’t seem too close to challenging top competitors like Netflix, it does have a growing list of hits, particularly when you consider its incorporation of Showtime titles. The Yellowstone spinoffs, the Star Trek series, and Yellowjackets are some of the biggest success stories coming out of the streamer.
If you miss the treasure-hunting and globetrotting feel of Blood and Treasure, then one possible alternative is National Treasure: Edge of History over on Disney+. The spinoff series just concluded its first series in the beginning of February.