DC Universe has canceled its new series 'Swamp Thing' after airing just one episode, despite a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

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  • DC Universe has canceled its latest original series, "Swamp Thing," after one season.
  • Only one episode of the series has aired so far. The second debuts on Friday.
  • It's DC Universe's first cancellation. The platform has found success with its original shows up to this point.
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The DC Universe streaming service has canceled its latest original TV show, "Swamp Thing," after one season, multiple outlets reported on Thursday, including The Wrap, Variety, and The Hollywood Reporter. It's DC Universe's first cancellation.

The new horror series, based on the DC comic book, is about a virus terrorizing a small Louisiana town. A CDC doctor named Abby Arcane (played by former "Teen Wolf" star Crystal Reed) returns to her home town to investigate, and discovers supernatural secrets of the local swamp.

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The series has only aired one episode so far on the streaming platform and the second episode debuts Friday.

"Swamp Thing" is the first major speed bump for DC Universe, which has found success with its original shows since it launched in September. "Titans," "Young Justice: Outsiders," and "Doom Patrol" have all received glowing reviews from critics ("Doom Patrol," which recently wrapped up its first season, has an impressive 95% on Rotten Tomatoes). The shows also regularly appear in Parrot Analytics' weekly analysis of the most "in-demand" streaming shows.

"Swamp Thing" continued the run of good reviews with a 92% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. But trouble for the show seemingly began before it was even released, when production unexpectedly shut down in North Carolina in April, and the first season was abruptly cut down from 13 episodes to 10.

Business Insider has reached out to DC Universe for comment.

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