‘The Messengers’ Could Not Deliver, There Will Be No Season 2

The Messengers

After a respectable effort in the first season, The Messengers has been cancelled by the CW according to TVLine. The drama series with a religious sci-fi theme was cancelled after three of the ten episodes created for season one. While The Messengers did intrigue critics enough to come back for episode 2 according to The New York Times, it ultimately could not deliver and so there will be no Season 2.

For those unfamiliar with the premise, The Messengers is about five people who are chosen to become angels in order to stop the devil from carrying out the apocalypse. These five people all drop dead after a mysterious force pushes through them. Hours later they come back to life and gradually discover new capabilities such as telepathy and healing powers. This team varies in age, occupation, and personality. It consists of a mother, federal agent, scientist, televangelist, and high schooler. The commonality between them, other than a shared goal, is wings that can be seen in windows and mirrors. In addition, the other major character at play in this scenario is The Man who appears on earth at the same time the chosen five die. He is made of molten rock and his eyes burn red with heat. His part is to consistently remind these people who what is done with their gifts is up to them.

The Messengers revolves around the theme of imperfection and moral ambiguity, according to A.V. Club. It is the classic struggle of what should be done versus what wants to be done. Will the character use the gift for the greater good, or for his/her own self-interested motives? In this case, it is a decision between preventing the apocalypse or satisfying a personal struggle each chosen person faces. Heroes is a show that shares similar aspects in its approach, says Variety. While the show does use a religious twist, it is primarily used as backing for the plot and only used when necessary, according to TVLine.

The Messengers did have potential despite the CW’s little faith in it. The show airs on Friday nights, which typically indicates a network sees lower potential in the show according to Variety. It turns out the CW’s hunch was right on this one. From the premiere, the reviews were mediocre. Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, “The Messengers certainly offers enough in its premiere to be worth a return visit next week, just to see where it’s going.” Most critics shared the opinion that the show was interesting enough to tune in for a few more episodes. Though the audience reviews were a bit more promising, it ultimately did not attract a large enough following. The Messengers could not deliver after what modest potential people gave it, and so there will be no Season 2 for fans.

It does not seem the CW show bombed in any particular category. The two most prominent gripes were lackluster characters and that the plot was a bit unconvincing. Tom Long from The Detroit News claimed, “The Messengers seems far-fetched…”. Ellen Gray of Philadelphia Daily News stated, “…its characters so far aren’t that interesting.”  The Messengers could not deliver, so therefore there will be no Season 2.  According to statistics from HitFix, The show premiered at 1.195 million viewers. From there viewership dropped to 771,000 viewers for episode two, and 651,000 viewers for episode three. For those that did enjoy what the show had to offer, the finale is on Friday, June 19th.

By James Flynn


Variety: TV Review: ‘The Messengers’ By Brian Lowry

A.V. Club: The Messengers adds angels to the CW’s supernatural fold By Molly Eichel

Metacritic: The Messengers (2015): Season 1

HitFix: ‘The Messengers’ won’t get a Second Season on the CW By Daniel Feinberg

TVLine: The Messengers Cancelled by The CW by Andy Swift

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11 Responses to "‘The Messengers’ Could Not Deliver, There Will Be No Season 2"

  1. Livingspring   December 29, 2015 at 11:06 am


  2. Kostas   August 2, 2015 at 2:18 am

    Give us a 2nd season! Cant believe iZombie will have a 2nd season but not The Messengers! #SaveTheMessengers

  3. Toyasmiles   July 26, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I loved that series

  4. omnipresentguy   July 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Well you know what , For a Change listen to your fans , like really , don’t just cut it off in Season 1 with just 13 episodes , its really damn cool , I almost cried at the end I agree , Its an eye opener , To the Ultimate Sacrifices a human being should make and like seriously how ?

    I personally want to see more of the Anti-christ and Archangel , you left us fans on a Cliffhanger there , Please Don’t do this , I plead

    P.S.- God is watching , I believe he is 🙂 .

    P.P.S- I am a Atheist turned into a Theist after watching is show 😉

  5. Emily   July 4, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I didn’t see this about God. I saw. This is about the Messengers. About people stuck between worlds. Not alive, not dead. There is some many shows on TV that gets to stay but this had great chemistry between its characters and lots of twists and turns. And wouldn’t the heart of the show be the fact that if these Messengers were taking there last stand, if the end were near they stood to be more powerful because they had something the self righteous evil doers didn’t – love. Yeah I know….save me the whole blah blah love. But it’s just not there are pairings but a connection of souls who search for answers. Jeez this show had substance, but he’ll have no fury like the critics!!!!!
    Bring it back!

  6. sean hale   July 1, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    the only show i liked on the cw cut off after the first season that is crap

  7. david324   June 30, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Your spelling and grammar really does not lend any seriousness to your statement. As a Christian, I am quite relieved that the show is gone. The storylines and backgrounds were seriously twisted and sacrilegious.

  8. Wen Johnson   June 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    If it’s about God you guyz don’t want it on Tv. You that really sux cuz look at all this evil on tv but a little bit of God / Jesus you cancel it Wow. evil drives the World. NOW PUT IT BACK ON TV I HATE evil

  9. Lori ramirez   June 20, 2015 at 1:36 am

    I am disapointed. I loved the show. I wish the cw would rethink this or maybe Netflix could pick it up as a Netflix series. I really wish at least finish the first season and have the last episode have some kind of closing for those of us who liked the so. Right now what is happening is the show is scheduled to air on Friday nights were I live but instead either they play some baseball game or the shoe who’s line is it. Now that’s a stupid show. Sorry to see the messengers go it really had the potential to not only entertain but to send a message that we need to have the younger generation to hear and that is that evil is all around us and we need to be there for our neighbors and to stop the fighting and start to care more. Ya it had a religious based theme but it wasn’t over done it had the right amount of religious info and the right amount of syfi intrigue. The show sleepy hollow had some religious themed episodes as well and that show is doing great. I don’t think that they gave the show a chance.

  10. Deb Tasker   June 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Love the show, and you keep taking shows off without giving them a chance. I’m sick of my shows being cancelled. Why bother making them if you are going to cancel after only one season. WHat is the point!!!!!!!!

  11. liz   June 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I just find it interesting that this series did have promise if the writers got some input from religious experts to input some ideas based on the bible. However, anything to do with God this sick society and the demonic Hollywood would want to cancel something that had good promise. But vampires, witches etc they keep on TV. Go figure


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