It seems that George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers TV show has been permanently grounded. It’s been revealed that Syfy has cancelled the series and won’t be ordering a second season.
A Syfy psychological thriller from showrunner Jeff Buhler, Nightflyers is based on a novella and short stories collection from Game of Thrones‘ Martin. The cast includes Gretchen Mol, Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Sam Strike, Maya Eshet, Angus Sampson, Jodie Turner-Smith, Phillip Rhys, Gwynne McElveen, Brían F. O’Byrne, Bronte Carmichael, and Miranda Raison. Set in 2093, the story centers on the passengers and crew of the advanced spacecraft, The Nightflyer, which embarks on a mission to make contact with a mysterious alien at the edge of our solar system, with the help of a lethal L-1 empath.
The first season of Nightflyers averaged a 0.09 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 395,000 viewers. The show ran for 10 episodes over the course of two weeks in December 2018. Compared to other Syfy programs, it was a mediocre performer.
According to Deadline, Nightflyers was conceived as an ongoing series but the cable channel has concluded it is best left as a one-off limited series (despite having ended with a cliffhanger). The cast’s options have expired.
What do you think? Did you like the Nightflyers TV show? Would you have watched a second season?