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Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Colony Season 4?

Posted by Robert Hayes on July 24, 2019

Fans of the post-apocalyptic drama series “Colony” on USA Network were devastated when the series was cancelled on July 21, 2018, after three successful seasons. The series premiered at Comic-Con in 2015 and attracted immediate attention for its gripping storyline and well-drawn analogies to the French Resistance during WWII. Critics praised the show’s fresh take on a genre that has grown saturated with brainless “young adult” dystopian worlds and at first Colony earned good ratings, with 2.2 million viewers. Over the first two seasons, Colony was the #1 scripted cable series on Thursday nights.

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Unfortunately the show’s ratings declined in the third season. Fans and critics speculated that this occurred partially because after failing to win a California tax credit for shooting in Los Angeles, filming was moved to Vancouver BC. The show may also have lost some focus as one of its co-creators and executive producers, Carlton Cuse, left the show to concentrate on his new Jack Ryan series for Amazon. During the third season the show dropped to 1.3 million viewers, one of the lowest average viewerships for dramatic programs on cable. On July 21, 2018 the cancellation of Colony was announced; there would be no fourth season.

Is it possible that Colony will be brought back from the dead by Netflix, Amazon Prime, or some other streaming service?

Colony TV series

The Colony TV series was well-written, with industry veterans Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal penning many episodes. The premise of the show was relatively simple: Earth of the near future has been occupied by alien invaders who have apparently taken over the entire planet, sealing off entire cities with enormous structures and essentially enslaving the populace. The main characters were the Bowman family, separated from their child and trying to survive while reuniting the family. The family patriarch, Will, (ably portrayed by Josh Holloway) is coerced into agreeing to work for the invaders, while his wife Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) has become a member of the resistance.

Season one of Colony began by setting up the background and establishing the characters. The storyline was credible and balanced a swift moving plot with good character development. The main plotline followed the struggle of the Bowman family to stay together, while fighting back against occupation.

Season two of Colony started by filling in some gaps about the invasion and about what happened to Los Angeles at the time of the alien incursion, before moving back to following the Bowmans as they struggle to find their son. The tension escalates as Will and Katie come into conflict, pursuing similar goals but by different methods.

Season three of Colony skips ahead several months and reveals that the Bowmans left Los Angeles and are now hiding in a cabin in the woods before being forced on the run. They discover a Resistance outpost which leads to a dramatic season (and apparently series) finale as they must face a choice about what side to be on.

Colony Character & Season Summaries

We don’t want to give away too much for those who haven’t watched the show, but here is basic information about the characters and the plotlines of the first three seasons.

Major Characters

Will Bowman – Played by Josh Holloway. Will Bowman is a former FBI Agent and Army Ranger who is searching for his missing son, Charlie.

Katie Bowman – Played by Sarah Wayne Callies. Katie Bowman is Will Bowman’s wife, who secretly works for the Resistance.

Alan Snyder – Played by Peter Jacobson. Snyder is the initial governor of the Los Angeles area and works openly with the aliens.

Maddie Kenner  – Played by Amanda Righetti. Kenner is Katie Bowman’s younger sister.

Eric Broussard – Played by Tory Kittles. Broussard is a resistance operative and is Katie’s contact.

Bram Bowman – Played by Alex Neustaedter. Bram is Will and Katie Bowman’s teenage son.

Grace Bowman – Played by Isabella Crovetti. Isabella is Will and Katie Bowman’s preteen daughter.

Charlie Bowman – Played by Jacob Buster. Charlie is Will and Katie Bowman’s younger son, who was away from the family when the aliens invaded and the wall went up.

Recurring Characters

Alexander Quayle – Played by Paul Guilfoyle. Quayle is a leader of the LA resistance.

Amy Leonard – Played by Peyton List. A physician in the resistance.

Betsy – Played by Keiko Agena. A worker at Homeland Security.

Bob Burke – Played by Toby Huss. Will Bowman’s partner at Homeland Security.

Bolton Miller – Played by Carl Weathers. Bolton is a Homeland Security officer who works with Will Bowman.

Charlotte Burgess – Played by Kathryn Morris. Maddie’s boss.

Dan Bennett – Played by Christian Clemenson. The head of Homeland Security.

Eckhart – Played by Charlie Bewley. A member of the LA resistance.

Everett Kynes – Played by Wayne Brady. Head of the Seattle colony.

Helena Goldwyn – Played by Ally Walker. Goldwyn later becomes governor of the LA colony.

Hennessey – Played by William Russ. A former spy.

Hudson – Played by Cooper J. Friedman. Hudson is Maddie Kenner’s son, who has diabetes.

Jennifer McMahon – Played by Kathleen Rose Perkins. A Homeland Security Agent.

Lindsey – Played by Erin Way. Gracie Bowman’s tutor.

Morgan – Played by Bethany Joy Lenz. A member of the LA resistance.

Noa – Played by Meta Golding. A member of a resistance cell from outside LA.

Nolan Burgess – Played by Adrian Pasdar. An important figure in the occupational government.

Phyllis – Played by Kathy Baker. Phyllis is Will Bowman’s boss at Homeland Security.

Rachel – Played by Kim Rhodes. Rachel is a resistance member and a physician.

Scott Garland – Played by John Hoogenakker. A military officer hunting resistance members in California.

Sgt. Jenkins – Played by Mac Brandt. A guard in a labor camp.

Plot of Season 1

In season 1, we are introduced to the Bowman family, most of whom live in the occupied Los Angeles colony. Will is coerced into working for Homeland Security as an agent by threats to send his family to the Factory, a lunar outpost where slave laborers work to mine radioactives for the aliens. Kate Bowman sides with the Resistance and begins working against the occupiers and spying on her husband. Will begins to question Kate’s loyalties as events unfold. At the end of the season, the resistance captures a high-valued hostage and the LA block is placed on lockdown.

Plot of Season 2

Power dynamics inside the LA colony shift as various factions make different plays for power. Charlie Bowman returns home, while Katie struggles with whether or not to stay part of the resistance. The Bowmans begin looking for ways to escape from Los Angeles. The family discovers that the entire colony is scheduled to be sent to the factory on Luna, and escapes into the wilderness.

Plot of Season 3

The Bowmans are living a simple existence in the mountains when an alien ship under attack flies past their cabin. Will and Katie attempt to re-establish contact with the resistance and seek out the Seattle colony. A civil war looms as the season ends on a cliffhanger note.

Why did Colony end?

Fans of the show never got a clear-cut answer as to why the show came to an end, although speculation about causes was rampant and the show’s falling ratings speak for themselves. Showrunner and executive producer Ryan Condal sent out a Tweet regarding the reasons for the cancellation, but provided little hard data, saying only “Colonists, Thank you from the bottom of my stone heart for all your passion and effort. But, sadly, #Colony is dead. The reasons are complicated, mostly dumb, and would provide little comfort. But know that @WesTooke and I shall return with new things from new places.”

The efforts refer to the multiple petitions and activities the fans, or ‘Colonists’ launched to try to convince USA Network to change its mind.

Den of Geek had this to say:

“Colony got off to a strong start for USA. It was the most-watched scripted cable series on Thursday nights for its first two seasons. Then the show lost a crucial California tax credit and was forced to relocate to Vancouver, and ended up changing its storyline to accommodate the move. Since then, ratings slipped to among USA Network’s lowest.”

What’s the likelihood of Netflix picking up Colony?

It isn’t flatly impossible that Netflix, Amazon Prime, or some other streaming service would pick up Colony and resume making episodes. Streaming services are always hungry for content, and picking up an existing program with a pre-existing fan base is a decision that they have made before. It certainly seems true that USA Network is not interested in reviving the property; they are putting their time and energy into their new Purge series partnership with SyFy. There is a hardcore Colony fan base who have attempted to pressure the networks into a reboot with at least two different petitions. Between the two fan efforts, they have accumulated almost 25,000 signatures as of July 2019.

On the negative side of the ledger, shows like Colony are relatively expensive to produce. They use expensive special effects and are heavily reliant on location shooting, which adds to the budget. In addition, Colony attracted strong critical support but its audience, while good for a cable show, was still on the small side. The fan effort of 25,000 signatures should be compared to the pre-Internet petition by hard-core Star Trek fans who successfully petitioned to win the classic show a reprieve from cancellation in 1968 and 1969. The Star Trek campaign generated more than a million letters – letters, written on pen and paper and sent through the mail. Colony’s fans, though steadfast and loyal, haven’t demonstrated the kind of public support that makes streaming network executives want to risk money on a show that already failed.

TechJunkie will of course continue following the story, and if there are future developments we will definitely report them. For now, Colony is dead, and there are no signs of a resuscitation on the horizon.

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So you should be able to find something great to enjoy even if Colony doesn’t come back!

30 thoughts on “Will Netflix or Amazon Prime Pick Up Colony Season 4?”

Tony Pacheco says:
Netfix e Primevideo não respeitam seus clientes e enchem suas plataformas com seriados que podem ou não ter um final. Isto é simplesmente falta de respeito com a clientela. Se há dúvida sobre uma série ser sucesso ou não, que se crie um plano B. E qual é este plano B? Providenciar um capítulo final, nem que seja de uma hora, para colocar um fim à trama. Do jeito que fizeram com Colony é pura maldade e falta de respeito.
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Kristi says:
Bring back COLONY! I Love this show and I’ve told everyone I know to watch it and now I find out it was not renewed for another season. I need closure! So disappointed in Netflix!
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Pablo says:
I hope another network will pickup Season 4 – if it doesn’t go well, they could at least bring closure to the storyline (e.g. Battlestar Galactica)
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Terry Fraser says:
I’m getting sick and tired of investing in tv shows that cancel without an ending.
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Diane says:
I only discovered this show last weekend. I’ve been watching anywhere from 7-9 episodes a night, only to find I’m down to the last three episodes and that’s it. I was one of those people who wrote in about Star Trek when they cancelled it. But I was living in the married student housing, so I took my letter around and had everyone sign it. There is an old advertising adage that “for every one person who calls or writes in, there are 10,000 who feel the same way, but didn’t.” A really good show. It’s a shame. A real shame. Such is power.
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Jeff says:
You are watching 5 hours of TV a night? Dang!
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Dana Diane Baker says:
I watch a lot of Netflix. It’s bc of shows like Colony that keep me coming back. I can not believe they dropped the show where they did!
Please bring it back!! Please Wayne Brady do something!
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Maurice says:
Yea im thinking the story line caught the attention of some people way at the top and was too close to what might be on the horizon with the upcoming Alien invasion deception and rise if the Anti Christ.
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Randy Thomas says:
The show was smart enough to run for another 6 seasons. Hell Seinfeld ratings dropped below the marks before. I have no reason to why more people are not pushing for season 4 of Colony. If there was more coverage on the cancellations to the public. Instead of having to right for ot. Most probably expect Netflix or Amazon Prime to pickup the show. Just do more product placement like TWD, and the cost for effects would be covered and then some. And stop being so greedy would help as well.
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Amalia Ayala says:
Why is the program the Colony beeing cancelled? It is such an aeesome program how are we supposed to know what happens. Netflix needs to pick this program up as soon as posible.
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Ed Willmett says:
Absolute horse shit! So tired I’d them just canceling series like this, that have great story line, great plot and then dump it on a HUGE build up.
So.eone needs to pick it up even it is only for a 2hr finale to wrap shit up. OMG….lol sorry y’all.
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Kathy says:
The Colony needs to have a real ending.
I waited over a year for Netflix to offer season 3 of The Colony.
I can wait another year or more for season 4.
The Colony was an awesome show!
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Eduardo says:
Me too,I don’t wanna wait another year like game of thrones just to see it died like that, no fair
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Jana says:
Yes please say yes Netflix! I can wait as well!
Lynn Kocsis says:
Hate to see this end. Great show! Would love to have this have a real ending, don’t leave us hanging.
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Mike says:
I agree I just began watching this series last week on Netflix with no knowledge that it had been canceled, I do not watch cable television, so Netflix is great for me. I just now discovered the show was done, I went online to purchse the 4th season because i did not want to wait to see the conclusion.. what a bummer canceled. the crap they continue for years on the networks is mindblowing, and here is a show that has everything entertaining….Story..Acting .. CGI.. Netflix should pick this show up at least for a 2 hour final COnclusion. Bo could fight in the war and return and be drawn to his family, part of algorithim that was not shared, that the love of a family can not be manipulated or written over no matter the advanced tech. I do have to say one thing there were times I would like to have smashed a brick over Brams head Any way i wish I never even began watching the show..
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Felice Sloan says:
Pls bring it back Colony season 4 ….
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Alin Sacota says:
Great show, bad ending! It would be great to get some sort of season 4 / closure thingy
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Jeri says:
I agree . My husband and I I bringed on this show all summer only to find out it had been canceled. At least do a season finale after all the time we put into watching it. Please someone pick it up. Great show!
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Shawndra says:
Loved the Colony and hope Netflix can make a season 4. Please netflix.
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Jean says:
It can’t be over. Really?
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Meri Haertel says:
Love this show! So sad to find out as I only have 2 episodes left to watch of season 3 that there are no more! I seriously hate that the networks do this! At least give people closure after all the time we invest in watching it. It almost makes me not want to to watch anything unless there are already 6 or 7 seasons. Please bring it back Netflix!
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Amanda may says:
One of the best shows ever! I am so sad this has been cancelled. I’m banking on Netflix taking it over.
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Benjamin Homan says:
Guy collectively we need to approach a upcoming company called Legion M its an entertainment company owned by FANS, As a fan I’m sick and tired of being left high and dry by these entertainment companies that begin something and never finish it what am I paying netfix for if they aint performing,Fans are the ones who buy the tickets, pay the subscriptions, and fuel the multi-trillion dollar global entertainment industry. Individually, each of us is just a consumer, but together we have the power to shape the future of Hollywood. Perhaps Legion M should step in and conclude the Colony for us.
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Jeff says:
In this particular case you are paying Netflix to get cheap access to Colony after it ran for a year on the cable channel networks and for full purchase in stores. It’s like $25-30 per season otherwise.
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Ryan says:
This show was amazing. When I hit the lottery I’m going to make sure there are 10 seasons.
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Evelyn says:
Just finished watching season 3 of Colony on Netflix. UGH! So incredibly frustrating when you get into a show and then they cancel it on you! UGH! And that was not a series finale! Just leave us hanging like that! Look if a season 4 is not ‘cost effective’ for Netflix or some other channel, can you PLEASE just give us a two-hour Colony special with a proper ending?!
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Jeff says:
Colony needs to come back to finish the story. We’re rooting for the underdog so we have to see how they win.
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DRG says:
Seems odd to attribute the move to Vancouver for lost ratings. Plenty of shows set all over the place are filmed in Vancouver and there was nothing particularly difficult to replicate in the various settings the show took place in. It’s not like there was a lot of activity going on under the Hollywood sign or the Santa Monica pier.
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-Jeff says:
I agree. I doubt it was the move to Vancouver. More likely is a swath of people realized this might be a slow plodding show like Lost where they only have one big hook (who dropped the wall) and they want to keep it secret until the series finale. Thankfully season 2 and 3 revealed a lot more details and moved the show along, but I wouldn’t be surprised if people dropped out after the first season.

In addition the show is made up of short seasons with over 9 months between seasons. Sometimes people just never bother to come back.

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P. McCarty says:
The fall in viewership was most likely due to the switch from Thursday nights to Wednesday nights. When a show is moved from one night to another, it ALWAYS suffers in ratings and many shows fail because of this simple reason. It is a show killer. Thursday nights and Sunday nights are also home to some of the most successful shows ever in network television. Switching nights at all is dangerous, but losing a Thursday night spot is a death sentence. If only Netflix would pick it up for at least a fourth and final season, if not just a two hour finale special.
George Jukas says:
Still a better ending than Lost.
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Danni says:
Wonder if this is all part of the marketing! Netflix bring this back! Just watched Season 3, and I’m peeved!
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Jack Potter says:
COLONY was an awesome series. It had it all. Great script, actors, well-defined characters, much mystery on the aliens and finally we find out they are hunted.
By enemies that appear to be stronger and more vicious. And then they leave us in a ditch. Not fair, really. Lets us fans let Amazon Prime and Netflix know we what more seasons. We want to kick some serious alien butt. What say?
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Elena says:
I didn’t know! I was looking it up to see when the next season was coming out to find this! OMG, somebody needs to bring it back!
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Danielle Reiley says:
Bring back Colony for a final conclusion
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Cathy says:
I am so disappointed Colony was cancelled. I’m fairly new to Netflix and this is definitely turning me off of watching series.
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Susan says:
Amazon, Net Flix, USA please pick up Colony for a 4th season and beyond! What a great show!
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nicolas says:
Netflix needs to pick up Colony’s season 4. This story needs to have an ending and the fans obviously want it and deserve it. Shame on USA! #SAVECOLONY
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Sean says:
Bring Colony the conclusion that the Fans deserve, it’s criminal to cancel and the whole story hanging like that. Even a short series of 3 or 4 episodes could “Rap” things up properly…
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