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‘Messiah’ canceled after one season at Netflix

Wil Traval in a scene from “Messiah.” The series was canceled by Netflix on Wednesday. (John Golden Britt/Netflix)

Netflix’s “Messiah” won’t have a season two.

On Wednesday, actor Wil Traval posted on his personal Instagram about the cancellation.

He wrote, “It’s a very sad day today. I have just received news from Netflix that there will be no season 2 of #messiah. I wanted to say to all the fans thank you for your support and love. I wish things were different.”

The season, which was partly filmed in New Mexico, began streaming on Jan. 1.

“Messiah” follows CIA agent Eva Geller, played by Michelle Monaghan, who is investigating al-Masih, played by Mehdi Dehbi.

The series chronicles the world’s reaction to al-Masih, whose followers claim he is sent from God – which causes civil havoc. Geller then embarks on a global, high-stakes mission to uncover whether he is a divine entity or a con artist.

Creator Michael Petroni told the Journal before the premiere that the show would create a lot of discussion.

“It’s one of those ideas that is staring you in the face,” said Petroni, the show’s creator and writer of four episodes. “You have the source material, and you have to find a way to change it for the TV series. When I thought about applying this in the real world, I wanted to see, how would the world react to this? With religion and politics as two things pulling this world apart, how would we be able to convey this to an audience?”

According to the New Mexico Film Office, the production filmed partly in New Mexico — Albuquerque, Mountainair, Estancia, Belen, Santa Fe and Clines Corners — from June to August 2018.

It employed about 500 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors and about 1,800 New Mexico background talent workers.

Netflix purchased Albuquerque Studios as a production hub in 2018.

This is the second series filmed in New Mexico to be canceled in its first season by the streaming giant. The streaming giant canceled “Daybreak” in mid-December after an Oct. 24 premiere.


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