Just as we were starting to really get in to it…
Hot on the heels of Dark Matter being canned earlier this week, now comes the sad news that Blood Drive has been cancelled by SyFy after just one season. Despite getting largely positive feedback from fans and critics alike, the show ultimately didn’t hit the ratings that the network seemingly envisioned – hence the decision to now scrap the series after just thirteen episodes.
Taking to his blog, Blood Drive creator James Roland said, “I’m not privy to all the details. Obviously the ratings were low, but it was also a very noisy show on social media (thanks to you guys!) and a very well-reviewed show with critics as well. This I do know: despite cancelling us, SyFy was the only network with the steel to make the show in the first place. It was SyFy that took the risk, and for that I’m forever grateful, even if I did get super pissy whenever I couldn’t show enough gore and dick and titties. But I’m confident they knew it was just because I’m a pervert and didn’t take it personally. I’m bummed that Blood Drive didn’t pay off for them the way they wanted but I can’t believe we got away with a full season of the CRAZIEST show on TV.”
Not completely giving up hope on a further season somewhere down the line, Roland added, “There’s definitely no season two in the immediate future, but I remain cautiously optimistic there’s more story to tell in this world. NBCUniversal owns the show so when the time comes I’ll approach them with some ideas and we’ll see what they think.”
It’s always sad to see a show cancelled – well, apart from A&E’s god-awful Damien – but Blood Drive pulls at the twisted heartstrings even more for the fact that it delivered a premise that was all kinds of bonkers in all the right ways.
Set in the distant future of 1999, the series took place in a world that had literally been shattered thanks to the Great Fracking Quakes. At the centre of this are Smallville and TMNT’s Alan Ritchson and Animal Kingdom’s Christina Ochoa as they compete in a cross-country death race in cars fuelled by blood.
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