The parallel Earth series Counterpart will not continue for a third season on Starz according to the show’s creator Justin Marks:
Hey #counterpart fans, a bit of sad news… Starz has decided not to pick up our show for a 3rd season…
— Justin Marks (@Justin_Marks_) February 11, 2019
But the show’s producer MRC still has confidence in it and is shopping it around to the streaming services. Apparently Starz had decided back in the December/January timeframe not to pick it up for a third season. But the cast extended their options to February 1st to give MRC time to find another venue. Those options have now expired, but MRC is continuing its search. The series did have extensive global exposure and that could help it with finding a new home. Counterpart never found a very large audience in the United States (perhaps in part due to poor promotion from its network), managing only a 0.09 rating based on same day viewing for the 18-49 demographic in its first year which has dropped to a 0.05 in its second year. But this one may play well globally, so there is still some hope that the series could return for a third season. A Call to Action from fans on the social networks at this point could definitely help boost its prospects.
Counterpart focuses on low-level agent Howard Silk who works in a job exchanging coded call-and-response messages which he does not fully understand. In truth, these are communications with a parallel world (which was created by an experiment gone awry in 1987), and on the other side his “counterpart” is an important agent who has discovered that people from his world are planning attacks that could put both sides at war with each other. It stars J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Nazanin Boniadi, and Sara Serraiocco and its second season finale will air this Sunday at 8 PM EST on Starz.
The TCAs are going on currently when the networks talk with the critics about their current and upcoming schedules, so expect more announcements over the next week or so. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.