It’s been a little over a year since the news broke that Deadly Class was canceled by Syfy after just one season. In March 2019, it was reported that Sony Pictures Television, which owns the production rights for the series, was shopping it around to other networks in an attempt to find a new home for the show. Three months later, at the end of June, Deadly Class co-creator Rick Remender confirmed that Syfy’s cancellation of the series would stick as the TV show wasn’t moving to a new network or streaming service.
For those who missed that update, this article serves as a heartbreaking reminder that the show is officially dead. Read Remender’s tweet about the series’ ultimate fate below:
Deadly Class will not be moving to a new network. Which is sort of perfect when you think about it. If you want to see what happens after the 1st season you'll have to buy the comics, which are pretty keen. Thank you to our fans for the huge support. You helped soothe the sting.
— Rick Remender (@Remender) June 25, 2019
Based on the comic book series of the same name by Remender and Wesley Craig, Deadly Class is set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late ‘80s counterculture. It centers on a homeless, disillusioned teen named Marcus (Benjamin Wadsworth), who is recruited off of the streets into a storied high school for assassins called King’s Dominion. There he meets other outcast teenagers who strive for a sense of normalcy even as they are constantly surrounded by violence and death.
In addition to Wadsworth, the series also starred Benedict Wong as King’s Dominion headmaster Lin; Lana Condor as Marcus’s sponsor Saya Kuroki; and Luke Tennie and Liam James as Marcus best friends Willie Lewis and Billy Bennett, respectively.
With Anthony Russo and Joe Russo serving as executive producers on the series, there had been a lot of excitement surrounding the project prior to its January 2019 launch. Unfortunately, that media buzz didn’t translate to ratings, with Deadly Class only scoring an average of 400,000 viewers in its first season.
Update 11/10/20: Deadly Class has been released on Netflix in multiple locations overseas and has been trending as a top watched show. Benjamin Wadsworth is asking Deadly Class fans on Instagram to help appeal to Netflix to bring back Deadly Class for a season 2.