The Showtime television series “American Rust” began on September 12, 2021. According to the show’s official description, it’s based on Philip Myers’ 2009 novel of the same name and takes place in the ideal setting for a crime show: an impoverished Western Pennsylvania Rust Belt town where desperation motivates people to commit crimes. It starred Jeff Daniels in the title character, who played Del Harris, a chief of police who is morally divided and ultimately compromised.
When you read that description, you might be reminded of another Pennsylvania crime drama series on a premium cable network in 2021 that starred an award-winning actor, and you wouldn’t be the first one to draw that resemblance.
Despite the fact that the show’s Season 1 ratings were not very strong (according to TV Series Finale), and despite the fact that it faithfully reproduced the original material from Myers’ book, the show left plenty of potential for Season 2 and beyond to develop. Season 1 of “American Rust” concluded on November 7th, and we now know everything we know about Season 2 of the show, which will premiere in the fall.
What is the release date for American Rust Season 2?
As of late January 2022, it appears that “American Rust” is no longer a viable option. According to the Pittsburgh newspaper Tribune-Review, the first to disclose the cancellation of “American Rust” was on January 25.
The article also featured a statement from Showtime that provided additional insight into the decision. According to the Tribune-Review, Showtime’s statement reads: “According to our sources, a second season of ‘American Rust’ will not be produced.
Thanks to our partners at Boat Rocker, to our talented showrunner Dan Futterman and the rest of the wonderful writers, and to our incredible cast lead by Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney for their contributions to the show.”
“American Rust” received a series order from Showtime in July of this year, after spending several years in development hell prior to that. Season 1 of The Walking Dead began filming in March 2021 and broadcast in September 2021, following a series of pandemic-related delays. Because the season ended in early November, we now know that the story of “American Rust” has come to an end as well, as previously said.
Who is in the cast of American Rust Season 2?
Season 2 of “American Rust” will not air because Showtime has canceled the show as of late January 2022, and there will be no Season 3. Consequently, Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney, Bill Camp (“The Queen’s Gambit”), David Alvarez (“West Side Story”), Alex Neustaedter (“Colony”), and the rest of the outstanding ensemble cast of the Showtime series will have to say goodbye for the rest of their lives.
Season 1 introduces audiences to Daniels in the role of Del Harris, the police chief of a small town. Debra Tierney had the role of Del’s love interest, warehouse worker Grace Poe, and Neustaedter had the role of her son, Billy, who was left in a vegetative state at the conclusion of Season 1.
Mark Pellegrino (“Supernatural”) played Virgil, Billy’s father, and Grace’s spouse, and he helped to round out the Poes’ ensemble. Alvarez, who played Billy’s best buddy Alex English, also made an appearance, as did Camp, who played Alex’s father Henry, and Julie Mayorga, who played Alex’s sister (and Billy’s ex-girlfriend) Lee.
Finally, Rob Yang (Succession) made an appearance as Del’s deputy Steve Park, a figure who was expected to play a larger role in Season 2 was to be announced in the near future.
What is the plot of American Rust Season 2?
The first season of “American Rust” ended on so many cliffhangers that it felt like it was very obvious where the program might have gone next, as we mentioned in our post on whether or not the show will return for a second season.
It is a significant development that, after spending Season 1 investigating Billy for the death of police officer turned drug dealer Pete Novick (Jim True-Frost), Del finds himself now investigating and covering up a triple homicide that he is suspected of perpetrating.
Del was forced to kill two of Novick’s associates, as well as their 87-year-old relative, out of fear for his life. If you missed it, here’s a recap: When Season 1 came to a close, Del’s deputy Steve Park began to have doubts about his involvement in the killings.
Fans were probably looking forward to Season 2 since it would include the following plot points, which were likely to be included: Season 2 concluded with Del putting himself in Billy’s shoes, with Steve Park portraying Del; Del also learned at the end of Season 2 that Novick’s real killer was Billy’s friend Isaac English and that Isaac killed Novick in order to protect Billy, and Del learning that Novick’s real killer was Billy’s friend Isaac English. Del made the decision to conceal Isaac’s involvement.
It was a dramatic conclusion for the Poe family, which officially does not exist long after the events of “American Rust.” Grace set fire to her own home in order to give herself an excuse to move closer to Del. She was also attempting to organize the employees at the warehouse where she worked, but her efforts were eventually unsuccessful. Finally, Billy was subjected to a brutal prison beating that left him in a coma for several days. Overall, there were a plethora of storylines that should have been explored further in “American Rust” Season 2.