Cape Town – After not living up to expectations the FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131) drama Da Vinci's Demons with Tom Riley has been cancelled with the upcoming and delayed 3rd season which will suddenly be its last.
The third season of Da Vinci's Demons revolving around the fictional life of a young Leonardo Da Vinci will start at the end of October with John Shiban who took over the reigns as executive producer in the place of creator David Goyer who is out.
There will be a final 10-episode third season, produced by Adjacent Pictures, making the underwhelming Da Vinci's Demons from FOX International Channels (FIC) the latest TV show not to survive the 2014/2015 TV season.
The 3rd and final season of Da Vinci's Demons will start at the end of October more than 17 months after the 2nd season finale.
"While ending Leonardo's journey is bittersweet for me, I'm happy we're ending the story on a high note," says Goyer in a statement.
"Leonardo was famous for his mirror-writing, and there's a symmetry to the entire series – between the first episode and the final one – that I think the maestro would have appreciated."
"I want to thank our dedicated fans around the world for viewing and engaging with such passion," says Goyer.
"And I want to thank Tom Riley for turning in a consistently brilliant performance. It's no small feat to portray a genius, but Tom did it with grace and humor. I hope everyone enjoys these final episodes as much as we enjoyed making them."
"David Goyer brought us a plan to portray the unknown early years of a genius and we think the fans will enjoy this final chapter which segues into the da Vinci that history knows," says Carmi Zlotnik, the managing director of Starz, the TV channel showing Da Vinci's Demons in the United States while its shown on FOX in the rest of the world.
"John Shiban has done a tremendous job of building on past seasons and by showing how da Vinci matures as his challenges grow."
The final season of Da Vinci's Demons will find Leonardo da Vinci trying to protect the city of Otranto attacked by Ottoman invaders, using some of his own inventions against him as he has to try and come up with new ones.
"To fight those who seek to destroy everything he loves, Leonardo must align with old foes, repair broken friendships, discover hidden secrets, and resume a dangerous quest, all while knowing that he is his own worst enemy."
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