There will be no happy ending for Alex Lannon and the residents of Vega. Syfy has cancelled their post-apocalyptic drama series Dominion, based on the 2010 feature film Legion, after two seasons, TVWise has confirmed.
“Led by Vaun Wilmott, the talented cast, producers, writers and crew of Dominion have done a tremendous job bringing this ambitious, cinematic series to the screen over the past two seasons”, Syfy said in a statement. “We thank them, as well as our producing partners Universal Cable Productions, Bold Films and Film Afrika.”
A modest hit in its first season, Dominion had a luke-warm reception from critics and it was not a huge seller on the international market, with the religious themes making it something of a tough sell for NBCUniversal International Distribution. That said it was the ratings collapse the show suffered in season two that sealed its fate. All told, the second season saw an audience drop-off of 45-50% in both total viewers and the A18-49 demo, compared to the average audiences for the show’s first season.
Dominion was one of the first series to get a green-light as part of Syfy’s renewed push into scripted drama. Despite the show’s demise, the network has a healthy slate of originals for the year ahead, including such series as The Expanse, The Magicians and Hunters; miniseries 3001: The Final Odyssey and Childhood’s End; and the new seasons of Dark Matter and Killjoys. The network has yet to make a decision on the future of flagship drama Defiance, though Syfy execs are considering letting the series go, feeling the season 3 finale also works as a series finale.
Based on the 2010 feature film Legion, Dominion is set 25 years after the events of the movie and picks up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions & Bold Films and stars Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head and Luke Allen-Gale.