‘Lodge 49’ Won’t Reopen: ‘No Takers’ to Revive Canceled AMC Drama, Creator Says

“I hope the next TV show that focuses on plumbing and hermeticism becomes a ratings smash,” Jim Gavin tweets

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“Lodge 49” is closed for good. The drama, which was canceled by AMC in October after two seasons, did not find a new home.

Creator Jim Gavin tweeted the news in a lengthy thread on Tuesday: “DEAR LYNX, it breaks my heart to announce that LODGE 49 won’t be going forward. We tried very hard to find a new home, but there were no takers. Ratings, metrics, algorithms…que sera, brah. I will write a proper postscript soon, but for now a few thoughts.”

Gavin continued by praising AMC for being the “ONLY place willing to take a chance” and for “letting us make the show we wanted. It’s a miracle we got two wonderful seasons and I’m forever grateful.” Still, Gavin said he had mixed feelings about the decision by AMC to end the show, given that “we made just about every major top ten list alongside all the big shows.”

“Lodge 49” is described as “a light-hearted, endearing modern fable set in Long Beach, California about a disarmingly optimistic local ex-surfer, Dud (Russell), who’s drifting after the death of his father and collapse of the family business.” Along with Wyatt Russell, the series starred Brent Jennings (Ernie), Sonya Cassidy (Liz), Linda Emond (Connie), Eric Allan Kramer (Scott) and David Pasquesi (Blaise).

Executive producers include creator and writer Gavin, showrunner Peter Ocko (“Pushing Daisies,” “The Office”), Paul Giamatti (“Billions,” “Sideways,” “Outsiders,” “Hoke”), Dan Carey (“Outsiders,” “Hoke,” “John Dies at the End,” “All Is Bright”) and Jeff Freilich (“Halt and Catch Fire,” “Grace and Frankie”).

Russell is set to star alongside Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan on the Marvel Studios-produced “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” for Disney+ next fall.

The second season of “Lodge 49” averaged 428,000 total viewers, with 132,000 of those coming from the adults 18-49 demographic and 180,000 viewers in the age 25-54 range, according to Live + 3 Day data from Nielsen. Those numbers are down 43%, 40% and 44%, respectively, from the show’s first season, which aired in 2018.

I hope the next TV show that focuses on plumbing and hermeticism becomes a ratings smash,” Gavin continued. “But until then! Maybe it’s fitting that a show about a secret society remains a secret. Something people have to search for, or stumble upon, like a ring in the sand.”

You can read Gavin’s entire thread below: