Thursday, October 8, 2020

Showtime Cancels 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida' After One Season, Despite Prior Renewal

Showtime has today announced the cancellation of the original hourlong comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida after one season despite previously being picked up for Season 2 a year ago. The cancellation comes as a result of production difficulties due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Showtime released the following statement: "Last year, Showtime renewed On Becoming a God in Central Florida but unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to move forward with production on the new season. The pandemic has continued to challenge schedules across the board, and although we have made every effort to reunite the cast and crew for a second season, that has become untenable. It is with great regret that we are acknowledging On Becoming a God will not return. We extend our deepest thanks to star and executive producer Kirsten Dunst, creators Robert Funke and Matt Lusky, showrunner Esta Spalding and their fellow executive producers George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Charlie McDowell, the terrific cast and crew, and our partners at Sony Pictures Television."

The comedy starred Kirsten Dunst, Théodore Pellerin, Mel Rodriguez, Beth Ditto and Ted Levine.

Reversing renewal decisions have unfortunately become quite common over the last few months. As the entertainment industry returns to production after being shut down since March, it has forced various outlets to address which productions can continue in a safe way that remain financially feasible for all involved. Showtime's reversal of the On Becoming a God in Central renewal is the first move from the premium cable network. It joins Netflix's GLOW, The Society and I Am Not Okay With This as well as TruTV's I'm Sorry in being cancelled as a result of such difficulties.