Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Season 3 Is Not Happening
Efforts to find a new home for Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency fail, and it is final that fans are not seeing the third season.
In a lengthy message posted on Twitter, executive producer Arvind Ethan David thanked the fans for their dedication in bringing back Dirk Gently's on TV and expressed sadness that the show has reached the end of the line.
"We tried, and we've explored all options. Ultimately, whilst the passion of the fan base has never been in question, there just isn't a big enough audience for the economics to work out," David said.
On Monday, BBC America confirmed the news that Dirk is not returning for another season.
"It was a privilege to work with this talented and passionate group of writers, producers and actors on these two seasons of Dirk. Thanks also to the passionate fans who embraced this fantastically novel world," BBC America said in an official statement.
Fans have launched a Change.org campaign petitioning that BBC, AMC, or Netflix will pick up the show for a third season renewal. As of writing, 99,986 people have signed on the campaign out of its 150,000 sign-up goal.
Fans also took to social media their sentiments of how Dirk Gently's should return, with many of them saying that the show has helped them in some ways.
The revival of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, like any other TV series, is largely based on ratings and viewership. Since its launch in October 2016, Dirk Gently's received lower year-on-year viewership with almost 250,000 total viewers in season 2.
BBC America axed the show in December 2017, and since then, David's team has been pulling strings for other channels to pick it up. Netflix took on the challenge, but both sides failed to reach a consensus.
Dirk Gently's cancelation comes after Orphan Black aired its last episode in August last year. It is not clear if David's team also approached other networks to acquire the rights to Dirk.
Currently, BBC America's flagship shows include Doctor Who, Luther, and the upcoming Killing Eve.
Dirk Gently's is an adaptation of novels by Douglas Adams such as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who. The show tells the story of Detective Dirk Gently, played by Samuel Barnett, and his assistant, Todd (Elijah Wood) as they solve mysterious and sometimes dangerous cases.
The show also starred Jade Eshet, Hannah Marks, Mpho Koaho, Fiona Dourif, Dustin Milligan, Izzie Steele, and Aleks Paunovic, among others.