For a while streaming services seemed like ideal outlets, not only because they were a different medium featuring commercial freedom but also because they were mostly protected from the cancelation cycle that cable and especially network TV is in. However, now that programming has continued to move forward, even the streaming services have canceled their fair share of shows. Amazon is no exception. Today, the service revealed that Hand of God has been canceled. Things could be worse, however.
The Ron Perlman starrer follows a judge who behaves as if he is above the law after his son finds himself in a coma following a suicide attempt. He begins looking to religion for answers, and his religious beliefs encourage him to get into a sort of vigilante justice. Season 1 did well enough that Amazon signed on for a second season, and the good news is that fans of the show will still be getting that second round of episodes. The bad news is that after Season 2 ends we will definitely not be getting a third season of the drama.
Amazon declined to explain why the series is getting canceled, but reviews have not been great for the drama, even if people have generally like Ron Perlman's performance in the gig. Variety also notes that Hand of God was one of two shows that was picked up during Amazon's third pilot season, and the subscription streaming service has plenty of other new and returning shows in the works. So, if Hand of God wasn't working, that would explain why Amazon has decided to set its sites elsewhere.
Currently, Hand of God Season 2 is already in the works, and the new episodes are expected to be available for subscribers to check out in 2017. We'll let you know as soon as Amazon gives Season 2 an official premiere date.
In the meantime, Amazon currently has a slew of projects in the works. Last November, the network picked up a huge number of projects, like Danger & Eggs, Everstar, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Good Girls Revolt, Highston, One Mississippi, Patriot, Z: The Beginning of Everything. The most recent pilot season, which kicked off in June, resulted in one pick-up: The Last Tycoon, which is set to star Kelsey Grammer. So, even though you might miss Hand of God, if you are an Amazon subscriber, there should be plenty of newer programs to look forward to over the next year or so. For now, you can see what is heading to the networks and streaming services with our fall TV premiere schedule. If you are looking for options for Amazon's non-originals, be sure to check out what shows you can binge-watch via Amazon, here.