The Showtime television series “American Rust” premiered 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: a struggling Western Pennsylvania Rust Belt town where desperation drives people to commit crimes. It starred Jeff Daniels in the title role, who played Del Harris, a chief of police who is morally conflicted 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 (read: “Mare of Easttown”), and you wouldn’t be the first person to draw that comparison.
Despite the fact that the show’s Season 1 ratings were not particularly strong (according to TV Series Finale), and despite the fact that it faithfully adapted the source material from Myers’ book, the show left plenty of room 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.
American Rust Season 2 Release Date
Sadly, Showtime has declined to renew American Rust for a second season, effectively putting an end to Jeff Daniels’ brief tenure as Chief of Police Del Harris in the series.
We can confirm that American Rust will not be returning for a second season, according to a statement released by Showtime. “We’d like to express our gratitude to our partners at Boat Rocker, our talented showrunner Dan Futterman and the rest of the wonderful writers, as well as our incredible cast, which was led by Jeff Daniels and Maura Tierney,” the statement said.
The family drama, which was based on Philipp Meyer’s debut novel American Rust, sought to explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised Police Chief Del Harris (Daniels), who lives in a small Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. The woman Harris loves discovers that her son has been accused of murder, and Harris is forced to make a decision about what he is willing to do to protect him.
Additionally, Bill Camp, David Alvarez, Alex Neustaedter, and Rob Yang were all featured in the series, which premiered in September.
Dan Futterman, the show’s creator and showrunner, as well as Daniels, Michael De Luca, Adam Rapp, Paul Martino, Katie O’Connell Marsh for Boat Rocker Studios, and Elisa Ellis, served as executive producers.
American Rust Season 2 Cast
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 incredible 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 husband, and he helped to round out the Poes’ ensemble. Alvarez, who played Billy’s best friend 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 character who was expected to play a larger role if Season 2 was to be confirmed in the near future.
American Rust Season 2 Plot
The first season of “American Rust” ended on so many cliffhangers that it felt like it was pretty obvious where the show could have gone next, as we noted in our writeup on whether or not the show would return for a second season. It is a significant development that, after spending Season 1 investigating Billy for the murder 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 cousin, 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 because 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 technically does not exist anymore 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 ultimately 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 stories that could have been explored further in “American Rust” Season 2.
American Rust Season 2 Trailer
After the cancellation of American Rust Season2, there has no doubt Trailer hasn’t come. You can watch the season 1 Trailer.