Pantheon will not return for a second season after all. AMC gave the adult animated sci-fi series an initial two-season order, but the series has now been cancelled after airing only one season on AMC+. The series, from Craig Silverstein, has already been pulled from the streaming service.
Featuring the voices of Daniel Dae Kim, Paul Dano, Taylor Schilling, Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart Ron Livingston, Chris Diamantopoulos, Raza Jaffrey, and William Hurt, the series is based on the works of Ken Liu. The cast also includes Scoot McNairy, Anika Noni Rose, Maude Apatow, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Grey Griffin, SungWon Cho, Kevin Durand, Samuel Roukin, Krystina Alabado, Lara Pulver, Madhur Jeffrey, Heather Lind, Nyima Funk, Tunde Adebimpe, Quinn Hawking, Clyde Kusatsu, Ken Leung, Jacob Sartorius, Vincent Ventresca, Julian Lerner, Magnus McLain, Ajay Mehta, Annabella Sciorra, and Suraj Sharma.
Deadline revealed the following about the plot of the AMC+ series:
Pantheon is based on a collection of short stories by Liu about Uploaded Intelligence, or, human consciousness uploaded to the Cloud. The series focuses on Maddie, played by Katie Chang, a bullied teen who receives mysterious help from someone online. The stranger is soon revealed to be her recently deceased father, David (Dae Kim), whose consciousness has been uploaded to the Cloud following an experimental destructive brain scan. David is the first of a new kind of being: an “Uploaded Intelligence” or “UI,” but he will not be the last, as a global conspiracy unfolds that threatens to trigger a new kind of world war.
Pantheon premiered in October 2022 on AMC+ with eight episodes. Season two has already been produced but those eight installments will not be released on the streaming service. The series will likely be shopped elsewhere.
The cancellation is yet another casualty of the cost-cutting plans by AMC Networks.
What do you think? Did you watch season one of Pantheon? Are you hoping that this animated series ends up being released on another outlet?
If something’s already made, why not air it? Never understood that. Just seems like a complete waste.