TNT is under some new leadership right now in former Fox executive Kevin Reilly, and apparently, he is a man interested in coming in and cleaning house of anything that is not established as a mega-hit show.
The network announced today that they are pulling the plug on the Eric McCormack series “Perception,” which is the second show in two days the network has sent packing. They also recently canceled “Franklin & Bash,” and this comes weeks after “Dallas” was sent to TV’s great beyond. The series starred Eric McCormack, Rachel Leigh Cook, and LeVar Burton; you can read some of the quick responses to the news below this article.
While ratings were probably a part of the problem here, we feel like we are staring in the face once again of the old 18-49 demo drama. “Perception” actually had more total viewers by far than either “Dallas” or “Franklin & Bash,” and in live ratings was watched by more people than “Falling Skies.” However, it was far below it in the demo, but actually did bring in better demo ratings than new series “Murder in the First.” Complicated, no? What we’re getting at here is that there was no clear reason for TNT to cancel the show, except for that maybe they felt like it wasn’t bringing a whole lot of buzz to the network. (Personally, we feel like the show could have used the resurgence of Burton in the spotlight recently more than they did.)
The only show on the network that remains still a mystery is the Sean Bean series “Legends,” and if we were to go on ratings alone, it doesn’t have a chance. However, TNT may be more interested in keeping it, given that it is a first-year drama with room to grow.
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