Despite having Oscar winners Sissy Spacek and J.K. Simmons, Amazon canceled Night Sky after one season, as reported by Deadline. The decision was made a month and a half after the eighth and final episode aired on the streaming platform (May 20th). It was co-produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary Television.
The Amazon series Night Sky received respectable reviews with a 73% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes with an audience score of 81%. The consensus was that it would have worked better as a movie, but with its cast, it ended up working out at the end of its story. With huge stars and a big budget to tell its sci-fi story, it could not get the viewership numbers to earn a second season.
The Night Sky marketing by Amazon was unique to attract those viewers. In a collaboration between Prime Video, Amazon Web Services, SES, and Intelsat, the first episode was shot into space to be the first “intergalactic premiere” for a show.
Amazon Canceled Night Sky After One Season
The series followed Franklin (Simmons) and Irene (Spacek) York, a couple who had guarded a secret chamber that led to a mysterious planet. When a young man (Chai Hansen) enters their lives, it becomes tougher to keep their secret. In this, they discover that this chamber is more than what they thought.
Holden Miller created Night Sky for Amazon and wrote, and executive produced the sci-fi show. Sam Hansen, Juan José Campanella, Jimmy Miller, Phillip Martin, and Daniel C. Connolly served as executive producers. Producing was Fernando Altschul, Katrin L. Goodson, and Thomas J. Whelan. Connolly also served as the showrunner.
Simmons, Spacek, and Hansen led the series. It also starred Kiah McKirnan (Mare of Easttown) and Adam Bartley (Longmire).
All eight episodes of Night Sky are available on Amazon Prime Video.