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Actor J. August Richards Shares Goodbyes After "Vampire Academy" is Cancelled

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NBCU streamer Peacock has canceled its series "Vampire Academy" after one season. As we previously exclusively reported, the show premiered on September 15, 2022, with actor J. August Richards, cast as a a royal, gay married vampire named Victor Dashkov.

The series focused on two young vampires from different societal classes, Dhampir (half-breed vampire) Rose Hathaway (Sisi Stringer) and her best friend and future ward, Moroi princess Vasilisa Dragomir (Daniela Nieves) as they navigated high school and outside threats.

Despite the show being based on the popular book series written by Richelle Mead, Peacock executives shared according to a recent Deadline report that they decided to cancel the show because it did not fulfill the requisite audience requirements to warrant further seasons.

Actor J. August Richards shared words of wisdom to fellow actors about how it feels to have their show canceled in a video on Instagram, saying, "I've been in this genre for a while now...and I've always wanted to play a vampire as opposed to a vampire killer and it was a great, fun opportunity. So I wanted to say thank you to everybody for tuning in..."

"I actually don't feel sad, as actors... we are constantly moving from experience to experience, from opportunity to I look at this as a delicious opportunity to move on and take what I have learned since I did "Angel" all those years ago to now on "Vampire Academy" where I was playing a completely different character and I'm excited about putting that experience and new knowledge into the next opportunity."

Richards, concluded by saying, "Yeah it's a bummer, the money, the exposure, the living in Spain, all of those great things are not going to be a part of my experience anymore but I genuinely am excited to see what happens next."

The news also comes along with Peacock's decision to cancel One of Us is Lying after two seasons, which in likeness was based on Karen M. McManus' popular novel which featured two black, gay characters.

According to Deadline, the producers of Vampire Academy, Universal Television, are exploring other options for the show to continue.

Watch J. August Richards' video message below:


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