Dead of Summer: Canceled After One Season by Freeform

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Camp Stillwater is closed for good.

Freeform decided not to renew the horror drama for a second season.

Drastic Measures - Dead of Summer Season 1 Episode 6

While the US is watching horror unfold on election night, ABC is doling out bad news.

First we received word that Conviction is a goner. While they'll produce all 13 episodes, that will be the end of that.

Now we learn our fun in the 80s was one and done. 

Really, though, it's not a surprise. Not only were the ratings abysmal this past summer (dead was a great title), but there was a conclusion. That's a lot better than we get from a lot of shows.

If there had been a second season, it would have likely gone back to the 70s and checked in with Elizabeth Mitchell's character as a teen, so a whole new cast, etc.

And I really believe had the demand for a second season been there, it would have been granted.

I had the pleasure of taking at length with Freeform President Tom Ascheim at an event for their upcoming series Beyond during New York Comic Con on the day Stitchers was renewed. 

The efforts they're going through as a network to really listen to viewers and understand what series are hits and which are misses are impressive. All I can say is if you want your voice heard, make it heard.

Other series that didn't make the Freeform cut recently include Guilt, Kevin At Work and Recovery Road. Stitchers, as noted above, was recently granted a third season. 

Shadowhunters returns for its second season on January 2.

Beyond, a sci-fi entry with hints of Stranger Things, also premieres on January 2 and all episodes will be available binge watching on the Freeform app and Hulu on the same night. 

See? Freeform is listening.

Keep an eye on TV Fanatic for interviews with the creators and cast closer to the premieres of both Shadowhunters (yes, they are that cute) and Beyond.

Until then, here's a peek at Beyond to get you through.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA), enjoys mentoring writers, wine, and passionately discussing the nuances of television. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Dead of Summer Quotes

I need to give her the official notice to open camp, since there's no killer on the loose.


Margot: I have to get out of here!
Amy: Hey! We're in this together!