A Sci-Fi Show WIth a Perfect Rating Just Got Canceled
AMC+'s Pantheon was canceled, even though it had a perfect 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The AMC animated sci-fi drama Pantheon has been canceled. Deadline reported that the series is the latest victim in a series of cancelations made by AMC as an end-of-year tax write-down. It’s surprising that the series was canceled so hastily, considering it has a perfect 100% score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Of course, good reviews aren’t always enough to save a series and it’s very possible that Pantheon was canceled due to low viewership numbers. Interestingly, AMC scrapped the series despite the fact that the second season had already been produced. It seems likely that the company will try and shop out the series to another platform, so fans may get to see the second season yet.
Along with Pantheon, AMC also canceled shows like Invitation to a Bonfire, Demascus, Moonhaven, and 61st Street. It’s unclear if these shows will find a home elsewhere or if their cancellation at AMC means the end for them. AMC was looking to cut around $400M of content, so it’s unfortunate such well-regarded shows are getting axed because of it.
Pantheon did air one eight-episode season before it was canceled. The series was created by Craig Silverstein and it was based on a series of short stories by Ken Liu about Uploaded Intelligence or UI. The series follows Maddie (Katie Chang), a bullied teen who is contacted by a mysterious stranger that turns out to be her late father David (Daniel Dae Kim), who is a consciousness uploaded to the Cloud.
With 100% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% from audiences, there are people understandably upset by Pantheon getting canceled. Fans are upset with AMC cutting out multiple shows, but they’re not the only ones cutting back. Companies like Warner Bros. Discovery are also participating in this cut-back trend, and fans are just as upset with what is going on over there.
Before Pantheon was canceled, it was executive produced by creator Craig Silverstein along with Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio, Ben Kalina, and Juno Lee. Along with Chang and Dae Kim, the series also starred Taylor Schilling, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Dano, Ron Livingston, Chis Diamantopoulos, Raza Jaffrey, Scoot McNairy, Anika Noni Rose, Grey Griffin, SungWon Cho, Kevin Durand, Samuel Roukin, Krystina Alabado, William Hurt, Maude Apatow, Corey Stoll, Surah Sharma, Heather Lind, Vincent Ventresca, Julian Lerner, Magnus McLain, Quinn Harking, Clyde Kusatsu, Ken Leung, Nyima Funk, Tunde Adebimpe, Jacob Sartorius, and Lara Pulver. The series first hit AMC+ on September 1.
If you wanted to check out Pantheon for yourself, it’s unfortunately not going to be the easiest thing to do. In addition to the series getting canceled, AMC also removed the series from its AMC+ streaming service. With AMC pulling back on some of its original series, fans are understandably going to be wary about getting invested in a new series.
While Pantheon may be canceled and off the AMC original series list, AMC still has several lucrative franchises on its network. Most notably, the network still has multiple shows set in The Walking Dead franchise. It also released successful series like Interview with the Vampire last year.