In one of those “comes as a shock to no one” moments, Syfy has announced that they will not be picking up Incorporated for a second season. The Matt Damon and Ben Affleck produced sci-fi series had completed it’s first season airing last month but hadn’t been able to improve it’s average episode viewing numbers above the half million mark in the Live + Same Day ratings and one million viewers in the Live + Seven Day category.
The numbers put it well under Syfy’s other scripted series, such as The Magicians, Z Nation, and The Expanse. While it’s earthbound setting made it less costly to produce than the others with their CGI and set costs, but it still wasn’t enough to pull it back for a second round.
The series with it’s anti-corporate themes couldn’t find a strong foothold. Created by newcomers David and Alex Pastor, the series was about the approach of the year 2100, and the world is in chaos. As governments fell, corporations took control. The haves and the have-nots find themselves living in the Green and Red Zones. One man – Ben Larson – escapes the Red Zone, infiltrating the Green Zone to take them down and find the woman he loves. In the end it’s very much a play on the cult-classic Gattica, which had starred Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, and Jude Law.
Don’t fear for Syfy’s original scripted programming, however as they have already renewed their horror anthology series Channel Zero for a third and fourth season even before season two had kicked off. In addition Syfy has four new pilots in the pipeline, The Machine, the Superman prequel Krypton, The Haunted and The Machine.