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Spike Network Cancels ‘The Mist’ After Only One Season

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news this week that Spike TV has cancelled Stephen King’s The Mist after only one season.

According to the report, the network, “Picked up straight to series in April 2016 as part of Spike’s push to re-enter the original scripted space, the drama starring Morgan Spector and Frances Conroy launched in late June to solid sampling, drawing 1.2 million viewers to the premiere with live-plus-three-day Nielsen returns. However, the rest of The Mist‘s run could barely draw 800,000 viewers — even with DVR. Among adults 18-49, the show couldn’t even crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.” read more

Re-imagining Stephen King’s “The Mist”

Back in the mid-80’s I can recall getting my hands on Stephen King’s anthology book Skeleton Crew and ripping through it like I did all of his books back then. Out of all of the stories, it was The Mist that stuck with me. I can remember having vivid dreams of being trapped by that mist and its monsters in my local grocery store. I can also remember how angered I was by the ambiguous ending that King offered for the short.

Fast forward to 2007 and Frank Darabont brought The Mist to the big screen with his adaptation featuring Thomas Jane in the lead role (and the cast of The Walking Dead in support). While celebrated as a success by most, it never quite made its way into my heart and I especially loathed the ending that they dreamed up; never did I think I would prefer King’s “non-ending”. read more

Spike Reveals New Trailer for The MIST

Last night at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Spike gave viewers a preview of what to expect when The MIST premieres on June 22nd.

The sixty-second teaser trailer is titled ‘Destruction’ and shows a town plunged into utter chaos when an eerie, dense mist arrives. It’s not long before the standard rules of society begin break down causing everyone to turn against each other.

The MIST is based on the Stephen King story which debuted in the horror anthology Dark Forces in 1980. In 2007 the story was republished as a stand-alone novel. read more

UPDATE: ‘The Mist’ TV Adaptation Gets Series Order on Spike

We previously reported that a TV adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist had gotten a pilot on Spike. The project, from TWC-Dimension Television, has now gotten a straight-to-series pickup.  The decision was made after hearing the series pitch the network said.

Sharon Levy, EVP, Original Series, Spike TV, said, “From the brilliant mind of Stephen King and the incredible production team at TWC-Dimension TV, The Mist will take audiences on a thrilling ride through a small town grappling with a mysterious and shocking horror.Christian and the entire team at TWC-Dimension TV have crafted the framework for a compelling and distinctive series that will resonate with Spike’s expanding audience.” read more