Amazon Cancels Series From The X-Files Creator Before It Even Starts

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There will be no happily ever after for The After: Amazon has canceled the thriller from The X-Files creator Chris Carter before it could launch as a series. The streaming service debuted the pilot for the show in February and hyped it last summer at the TV Critics Association press tour. But  it turns out that no additional episodes were ever filmed, according to Variety, which broke the news of the cancellation Monday. Carter and Amazon had planned to unveil the show as a series of four two-hour mini-movies, starting early this year. So, what changed between last July and now? Amazon isn’t offering any explanation, at least not yet: Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, issued a statement saying only that the service had “decided to not move forward with The After” and thanking Carter and the show’s cast and crew for “all their efforts.” It’s possible Amazon ended up having creative differences with Carter after seeing scripts for future episodes of the show. The streaming network might also have decided, following the enormously positive critical acclaim for last fall’s Transparent and the solid buzz for last month’s Mozart in the Jungle, that The After no longer matched the other shows in its programming portfolio.