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Netflix’s controversial show Messiah cancelled after just one season

The American drama series Messiah, which premiered in January 2020, will not come back for a second season, Netflix has confirmed.

The highly controversial show revolved around the character of “al-Masih” played by Mehdi Dehbi, who claims he is the second coming of Jesus.

Season one focused on the investigations conducted by the CIA to find out whether the man is a fraud or actually a divine being.

The season one, which ended on a cliffhanger, has a mere 44% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, the web series has its niche fanbase. With the decision to not renew the show, fans are left disappointed.

Will Traval who plays the role of Will Mathers in Messiah, took to Instagram to confirm the news as well as share his disappointment. He also thanked the fans for their love and support.

The decision to cancel Messiah is likely due to its huge production budget which included an enormous cast as well as international shooting locations.

The outbreak of COVID-19 was just another nail in the coffin. Many OTT Platforms, including Netflix, have halted production for various projects due to the pandemic.

The creator and producer of the Messiah, Michael Petroni, also shared a heartfelt message on Instagram.

Petroni revealed that the writers had in fact finished the script for the second season and were left disappointed and shocked with the news of its cancellation. He also urged the fans to “#SaveMessiah”.

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Dearest devoted fans of Messiah, I just want to communicate my thanks to you all for watching the show, and for all the comments you posted about the show and getting the message out there for people to watch. It was such a thrill to read your comments and so satisfying to see your appreciation of the story’s nuances. Obviously it was devastating news for me personally to hear that the show was cancelled. Clearly the Coronavirus had a big effect on their decision, but it is still difficult to reconcile this with the fact that the show rated 33 million views in its first 28 days. To put that into perspective, that is 12 million views more than The Crown rated for the first 4 weeks of its 3rd season as reported in a BBC news article: "The third season, which stars Olivia Colman as the Queen, was watched in 21 million homes in its first four weeks.” And that number (33 million) would obviously be more by now. I think you, the fans, all deserve to know just how popular the show really was and I thank you for your support from the bottom of my heart – you all made the show a hit. Making the show was a very risky, some might say audacious, undertaking that required a lot of faith in the concept to succeed. So I’d like to thank all my collaborators, starting with my truly amazing cast that brought an incredible veracity to their roles – Michelle, Mehdi, Tomer, John, Stefania, Melinda, Sayyid, Wil, Fares, Phillip, Jane, Beau, Dermot, Barbara, Michael, Assad, Rona-Lee, Ori, Makram, Siddiq, Dvir, Poorna, Emily, Nicole and the other 248 speaking parts!! To my incredible writers, my directors and DOP, our production designers, costume, hair and makeup, my editors, composers, sound recordist and designers, to our incredible casting directors and our vis FX people and ALL the crew who worked so hard on the series – THANK YOU. What makes this doubly sad is that we just finished writing the final episode of the second season scripts last week! I was so pleased and excited by where our second season took our story! There was so much more of the story still to tell! May Messiah live on in your hearts. #SaveMessiah Sincerely, Michael Petroni 💝

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