In a shocking case of ‘completely didn’t see this coming’, Channel 4 and AMC have decided to cancel their sci-fi series Humans.
The news came from a statement by writers and executive producers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent (via Vincent’s Twitter account). Read it here:
Sadly there won’t be a 4th season of Humans. In this age of unprecedented choice and competition, we can have no complaints. Channel 4 & AMC were the perfect partners. They supported the show brilliantly and above all – let us make three seasons!
We’re gutted of course, but we were so lucky. We got to make the show we wanted to make, for 24 episodes. The Humans cast and crew were and are the best, and we wouldn’t have got a 2nd season without their talent and dedication, let alone a 3rd. We can’t name anyone without naming everyone, and that would mean we’d have to do this in an even smaller font – so here’s to every last actor, director, writer, producer, exec, commissioner, DoP, editor, composer, crew member – and the unfailingly generous Swedish team behind the original version.
The last word has to go to the wonderful Humans fans. Thank you so much for the messages, support, podcasts, bespoke mugs, and for never setting up a petition to make us redo something. It means more than anything to see the show resonating with you like it did. The worst thing about this is that we can’t keep the story going for the people that love it.
We know we left some threads hanging. That was the way we always wrote the show. Maybe one day we’ll get a chance to pick them back up. If there’s anyone out there with a few million quid and an interest in AI stories, we’re all ears. DM us, Elon.
Thanks for watching,
Jonathan Brackley & Sam Vincent, HUMANS writers/exec producers
That pretty much says it all. As the show is so beloved we have a feeling someone might swoop in and save it (probably not Elon Musk), but we won’t get our hopes up.
Humans is based on the Swedish sci-fi show Real Humans, and explores artificial intelligence through fictional anthropomorphic robots known synths. The show is joint produced by AMC and in US and Channel 4 and Kudos in the UK.
It first aired in 2015, and stars Katherine Parkinson, Gemma Chan, Lucy Carless, Tom Goodman-Hill, Colin Morgan, Theo Stevenson, Ivanno Jeremiah, Pixie Davies, Emily Berrington and Ruth Bradley.
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