Apple TV+ axes Patricia Arquette’s 'High Desert' after season one

Patricia Arquette’s High Desert gets the ax after season 1 on Apple TV+


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It’s one and done for “High Desert” on Apple TV+.
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The dark comedy High Desert will not be returning to Apple TV+. The series starring Patricia Arquette earned generally positive comments from critics and viewers, but perhaps didn’t find a big audience.

Arquette herself made the announcement Sunday.

High Desert season 2 won’t ever happen

While funny, High Desert wasn’t a feel-good comedy. It centered on an occasional drug addict played by Arquette who becomes a private investigator in a small desert town.

The series pulled in a 70% critics approval rating on the review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, while audiences gave it a 79% approval rating.

But that apparently wasn’t enough for Apple TV+. Arquette took to Instagram to say, “A lot of you have asked about High Desert and if there was going to be a second season so I just wanted to let you know we just found out that it won’t be coming back. So that’s a sad bummer for all of us.”

She did not reveal any reasons why Apple TV+ made this decision.

Season one of High Desert is still available to stream, and we offer three reasons to watch it, including that it’s a showcase for Arquette to demonstrate her acting skills playing an exquisitely loopy character.

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Arquette herself will be returning to Apple’s streaming service in Severance season 2, though that has been delayed by the Writers Guild of America strike.


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