There will be no third season for Amazon Studios’ original series Hand Of God. The streaming service has opted to bring the Ron Perlman (Sons Of Anarchy) and Dana Delany (Body Of Proof) fronted series to a close with its ten episode second season, which is set to air later this year.
Penned by Ben Watkins, Hand of God follows Judge Harris, a hard-living, law-bending married man with a high-end call girl on the side, who suffers a mental breakdown and goes on a vigilante quest to find the rapist who tore his family apart. With no real evidence to go on, Pernell begins to rely on “visions” and “messages” he believes are being sent by God through Pernell’s ventilator-bound son. The cast includes Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Garret Dillahunt, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi.
The reasoning behind the decision was not immediately clear, but unlike a number of other Amazon originals, most notably Transparent, Hand Of God failed to strike a chord with critics and received less than stellar reviews for its first season. Amazon refuses to release anything even resembling ratings data so it’s hard to get a clear picture as to who popular the series was with Prime members. The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the cancellation.
Hand Of God joins the John Goodman political comedy Alpha House, which also had a luke-warm reception and lasted a mere two seasons. Despite the decision to end the show, Amazon nevertheless has a healthy drama slate that includes alternative history series The Man In The High Castle, David E. Kelley legal drama Goliath, a Jack Ryan TV series starring John Krasinski (The Office) and Hollywood period drama The Last Tycoon, starring Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) and Matt Bomer (White Collar).