Dead End: Paranormal Park has become the second high profile animated Netflix original to get the chop in 2023. Creator Hamish Steele confirmed the news “with a heavy heart” via Twitter. Based on Steele’s DeadEndia horror-comedy graphic novels and web short Dead End, the animated series premiered in June 2022, followed by a second season in October.
Steele notes in his message to fans that, while the crew had been preparing for a third season, he hopes the upcoming third book in the DeadEndia series will offer viewers “some closure.”
Official series synopsis:
Dead End: Paranormal Park follows the adventures of Barney, Norma and magical-talking-dog Pugsley, as they balance their summer jobs at the local theme park haunted house while battling the totally real supernatural forces that dwell within it. Together with their guide to the underworld multiplane, a sardonic thousand-year-old demon named Courtney, they’ll face zombie mascots, demonic game show hosts, sleep-sucking witches and the scariest thing of all: their first crushes!
The show was aimed at young adults and features a diverse cast and inclusive themes, drawing on Steele’s own experiences and touches on themes such as queer identity and belonging, neurodiversity and mental health. (Read more about this in the interview with Steele posted here.)
Steele’s update reads:
I have held onto this news for a while now, hoping that we could reverse it, change it, make something good out of it. But sadly I don’t think that’s possible right now.
It’s with a heave heart that I tell you Dead End is over.
Obviously, we never wanted this to be the case. In fact, we did a writers room for Season 3. We have scripts and designs and outlines ready to go. It was always the plan to give these characters the proper ending they deserve. But sadly, the powers that be don’t want any more.
Honestly, we were lucky to make it through everything happening in the last few years. And I want to emphasize my gratitude to Netflix for commissioning the show and giving us the freedom to tell this story. We made history together and I couldn’t be prouder of those twenty episodes and every single member of our crew.
I want to give a huge thank you to the fans. Your art, cosplay, fic, reactions, TikToks and every interaction with me has been a delight. I never could have dreamed of a warmer response. I’ve been so anxious to post this news thinking about you lot. I hope you’ll be ok.
So… a sad day. But I believe we will finish this story some day, some how. For now, I am working hard on the third and final DeadEndia book which I hope will offer some closure. OUr Season 3 plan was based heavily on it. And I continue to pitch shows with the same heart as Dead End.
But until then, I hope Barney, Norma, Pugsley, Courtney and the whole Phoenix Parks crew will continue to give you comfort in times of darkness.”
Produced by Blink Industries, with Steele serving as showrunner, Dead End: Paranormal Park starred the voices of Zach Barack, Kody Kavitha, Emily Osment, Alex Brightman, Clinton Leupp (a.k.a. Miss Coco Peru), Kenny Tran and Kathreen Khavari.
The news follows word that Netflix had canceled its Season 2 renewal order for adult animated comedy Inside Job.
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— hamish steele! (@hamishsteele) January 13, 2023