Hulu this week officially canceled The Path, its critically heralded series starring Aaron Paul as a cult leader. Series creator Jessica Goldberg said the show wouldn’t be back via Twitter on Monday, and released a statement to Variety on Tuesday. After three seasons, she’s grateful for the run:
“While it’s sad that The Path is ending, I’m brimming with gratitude and pride. It was a gift to be able to tell challenging and emotional stories for three seasons in this very strange and unique world… The caliber of talent and passion everyone who worked on this show brought– from my partners Jason Katims and Michelle Lee, the execs at Hulu, the writers, actors, directors, designers, and crew– was something to behold, and for which I’m very thankful. Thanks Hulu and Universal Television for taking a shot on this show, it was a life changing experience.”
Goldberg is now working on Suspicion, a new NBC drama that just garnered a pilot order.
The Path‘s season 3 wrapped just last month. For his part, Paul tweeted in solidarity.
‘Round these parts, we were fans. As Dot contributor Chris Osterndorf noted: “It’s one of the streaming age’s early blockbusters, from a bygone era known as ‘2016.’ The Path, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, appeared to have all the right ingredients to give Hulu a legitimate original calling card. It took three seasons, but the prestige drama about cult leaders and those susceptible to following them has finally delivered on the promise of the premise.”
Alas, the show peaked near its end. Hulu’s original series debuts are few in numbers and there’s less margin for error it seems, with only The Handmaid’s Tale, which returns Wednesday for season 2, making a legitimate dent in the lexicon. All the same, we still heartily recommend The Looming Tower and Hard Sun. When the Stephen King adaptation Castle Rock debuts this summer, Hulu should have a prestige tentpole show that can compete with Stranger Things.