It’s closing time at Lodge 49 - this time for good, it appears. After about six weeks of attempting to shop the quirky comedy after its cancellation by AMC, series creator Jim Gavin threw in the towel via social media today. The two-season series wasn’t able to find a new home.
“It breaks my heart to announce that Lodge 49 won’t be going forward,” Jim Gavin tweeted to fans this afternoon. “We tried very hard to find a new home, but there were no takers. Ratings, metrics, algorithms…que sera, brah.”
He and showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti had tried to find a landing place for the acclaimed series, but today Gavin vowed to “write a proper postscript soon” and followed up with a series of tweets. Read them all below.
Lodge 49 was a light-hearted modern fable set in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, starring Wyatt Russell as Sean “Dud” Dudley, a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer who's drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business. Sonya Cassidy and Brent Jennings also starred.
The series ended its 20-episode run with a Season 2 finale on October 19, as Dud was struck by lightning and rendered unconscious while digging a pool outside his trailer and sinking into the mud.
Gavin, Ocko and Giamatti executive produced Lodge 49 with Dan Carey and Jeff Freilich for AMC Studios.
The AMC comedy-drama Lodge 49 has been an acclaimed oddball for the two seasons it was on air — perhaps too odd to last longer than it did. Still, when the axe did come down in October, there was hope, from fans as well as its cast and crew, that it would find a new home somewhere, gaining a second act à la the One Day at a Time redux. Two months of searching later, and it appears there’s no happy ending for this one.
As per Deadline, series creator Jim Gavin took to Twitter to break the news that, after hunting for a new home, he and his team — including showrunner Peter Ocko and executive producer Paul Giamatti — are throwing in the towel.
DEAR LYNX, it breaks my heart to announce that LODGE 49 won't be going forward. We tried very hard to find a new home, but there were no takers. Ratings, metrics, algorithms…que sera, brah. I will write a proper postscript soon, but for now a few thoughts. thread
— Jim Gavin @jimatdeltaco December 17, 2019
“DEAR LYNX, he wrote, “it breaks my heart to announce that LODGE 49 won’t be going forward. We tried very hard to find a new home, but there were no takers. Ratings, metrics, algorithms…que sera, brah.”
Lodge 49 — its title a reference to Thomas Pynchon’s classic The Crying of Lot 49 —was set in Long Beach, south of California, and followed Wyatt Russell as an ex-surfer trying to get his life together following the death of his father and the collapse of the family business. In Uproxx’s round-up of the best TV of 2019, Brian Grubb described it thusly:
It was a stoned look at loss and loneliness that touched on family and creating a new family and finding meaning in life. It also featured a booze-filled Thermos called Thermosaurus and a wild run to Mexico in search of mysterious parchments and Paul Giamatti flinging himself through windows and walls and out of airplanes. It was weird and funny and deep and almost impossible to explain in a short blurb like this. The closest I’ve ever gotten is “like The Big Lebowski crossed with National Treasure with a dusting of The Leftovers,” which is as reasonable as it is wildly unreasonable.
Anyway, pour one out for another real one too pure for this cruel world.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.