Syfy has opted to cancel grindhouse drama Blood Drive after one season, creator James Roland has revealed in a blog post. It’s the second cancellation the network has made this summer, following the controversial exit of space drama Dark Matter; Killjoys was recently renewed for two final seasons, while social media darling Wynonna Earp was renewed around halfway through its second season.
The move comes as something of a surprise, considering that Syfy wholly owns the series, it’s reported to cost a fraction of a typical cable drama, and it generated a small but vocal online fanbase that plays into their fan-focused rebrand. With the diversity in tone and content that it brings the Syfy brand; the fact that Syfy’s scripted slate includes a lot of co-productions and acquisitions in a time when vertical integration is more important than ever; and Syfy’s self-expressed desire for more original hours, Blood Drive wouldn’t have been much of a reach renewal, if one at all.
From James Roland (Weeds), Blood Drive told the story of a cross-country race across post-apocalyptic America featuring cars that ran on human blood. The series centered on the unlikely partnership of femme fatale Grace (Christina Ochoa) and the last good cop in Los Angeles Arthur (Alan Ritchson) as they teamed up to win and found that their past traumas shared a common source.
In addition to Ritchson and Ochoa, Blood Drive starred Colin Cunningham (Falling Skies), Thomas Dominique (Undercover), and Marama Corlett (Sinbad).
Blood Drive aired its series finale Wednesday, September 6th on Syfy.