In an age where TV shows can find new home bases and a wide assortment of streaming options, the announcement of a cancellation can feel more invigorating than tragic. That’s what happened when, back in December, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency was cancelled by BBC America after its second season wrapped. Fans of Max Landis’ absurdist Douglas Adams adaptation held out hope and petitioned hard for a third season to find a home, but today the dream has died.
Executive producer Arvind Ethan David wrote up a note on Twitter explaining the situation and thanking fans for their support, but conveying the sad news that the team has not been able to find a new home for the series despite the (too small) audience’s fervor.
Take a look:
The passion of the fanbase is appreciated but the size of the fanbase simply isn’t enough to make the show viable, David told fans.
Gently (Samuel Barnett) and Todd (Elijah Wood) won’t be stumbling their way through mysteries (and life) on TV, no matter how many petitions one signs. However, in a world where Costantine has more lives than a particularly lucky cat, it’s “never say die” for a spin-off in some media - especially for a show with such a specific and silly niche as Dirk Gently.