NBC pulls ‘Crisis’ and ‘Believe’ May 18, makes their fates all the more clear

NBC -Just in case you were still carrying a candle in hopes that “Crisis” or “Believe” would make it to another season, here is some sad news for you today: It’s not happening. While not officially canceled, the news that these two series are being preempted on Sunday, May 18 (the final Sunday of sweeps) for a “Women of SNL” special further proves that they are not in the long-term plans of NBC.

Did these two shows ever really have a chance? Yes and no. In the case of “Believe,” the show actually had a pretty hefty marketing campaign brought on by Alfonso Cuaron’s success in “Gravity” and also a premiere that aired after “The Voice.” Meanwhile, “Crisis” had next to nothing, other than a generic name and a star in Rachael Taylor who has already seen both “666 Park Avenue” and “Charlie’s Angels” go the way of the dodo in almost zero time at all.

Ironically, “Crisis” is the much better show of the two, and maybe things could have been somewhat different in a different timeslot or on another network. It’s just that Sundays at 9:00 p.m. are so difficult to launch a block of scripted programming right now, and it’s amazing that “Resurrection” pulled it off. From 9 until 11, you have everything from “Game of Thrones” to “Silicon Valley,” “Veep,” “Turn,” “Mad Men,” the aforementioned “Resurrection,” “Revenge,” “The Good Wife,” “The Mentalist,” “Cosmos,” and “Salem” over on WGN America airing against you. Most of these shows already have the sort of adult audience that “Crisis” and “Believe” would need.

Hopefully, the two shows will have an opportunity to finish off their runs moving into the summer. This is at least much preferred to never ending. Viewers are smart, and they’ll understand cancellation (to an extent) so long as they are able to see the story through.

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