Though already ordered to series almost a year ago and being in the midst of production, AMC has opted not to move forward with the release of the six-episode comedic sci-fi series “Demascus”.
The character-driven show follows a 33-year-old Black man who goes on a journey of self-discovery using an innovative new technology that allows him to experience different versions of his own life.
The series, which hails from Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm (“Boomerang”), would follow these vivid psychological explorations along with featuring him in his primary reality.
Okieriete Onaodowan, Janet Hubert, Caleb Eberhardt and Shakira Ja’nai Paye starred whilst Martin Lawrence co-starred in the series as the man’s “irascible Uncle Forty”. Chisholm and Kirk Moore (“American Crime”) were to serve as co-showrunners.
The move is another part of cost cutting measures announced by AMC in December as it’s seeking to take write-downs for up to $400 million worth of ‘strategic programming assessments’ according to an SEC filing. A further $75 million is being written down via restructuring.
It follows on from the reversal of a second season renewal order for the ensemble sci-fi series “Moonhaven” and this week’s canning of the already shot second season of the Courtney B. Vance-led legal drama “61st Street” and the in the midst of filming limited series “Invitation to a Bonfire”.
Both the latter two shows could find life on other platforms with the producers actively seeking new homes. As the “61st Street” episodes are already completed it could end up somewhere quickly.