Freeform has decided not to order a second season of the horror series Dead Of Summer. The project hailed from Once Upon A Time creators Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis and the ABC series’ writer Ian Goldberg.
The network had high hopes for the series, which had a straight-to-series order based on a multiple-script commitment. However, it was a modest ratings performer, especially on linear TV, and now is joining Freeform’s other new drama series to debut in the summer, Guilt, which also was canceled after one season. Of the four scripted series launched since ABC Family rebranded itself as Freeform in January, only one, drama Shadowhunters, made it to Season 2. Hourlong Recovery Road, Guilt and now Dead Of Summer have been axed. Freeform needs some drama reinforcements as its flagship, Pretty Little Liars, is heading into its final episodes.
Set in the late 1980s, Dead Of Summer revolved around the counselors at Camp Clearwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses – and first kills. Clearwater’s dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.
Dead Of Summer was produced by ABC Signature Studios and Kitsis/Horowitz.