U.S. cable net Discovery Channel has cancelled its gun-themed reality series American Guns (pictured) after two seasons.
The show, from Gurney Productions, focused on Rich Wyatt who, along his wife and his stepchildren, runs Gunsmoke Guns, a Colorado shop specializing in gun manufacturing, trade and customization.
In a statement, the network said: “American Guns concluded earlier this year. Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.”
When contacted by realscreen, a spokesperson for the channel declined to comment as to whether the cancellation of the show was linked to last Friday’s (December 14) Sandy Hook massacre, which saw a gunman murder 20 children and seven adults before taking his own life.
Since Friday’s massacre, the show’s Facebook page has received a number of angry posts from people critical of its main themes. However, it has also received posts from viewers defending it, angry that a show they enjoyed has been canceled for reasons that have not been made clear.
And while some reports are suggesting the show’s cancellation is a direct result of the shootings, Deadline points out that the show’s ratings had notably dipped by the end of season two. While the second season started strongly, by the final episode (which aired September 5) ratings were down double-digits on season one.
UPDATE 11.50 a.m. EST: In a statement given to realscreen, Gurney Productions said: “American Guns had run its course as a series and the decision was made earlier this year not to move forward with new episodes.”