‘Unforgettable’ season 4 renewal imminent … on A&E rather than CBS?

Well, chalk this one up as one of the most surprising TV stories that we’ve heard all week.

According to a new report from Deadline, A&E is close to finalizing a deal that will land them the rights to broadcast a fourth season of the crime-solving series “Unforgettable,” which has already been canceled twice by CBS. This would mean getting both Poppy Montgomery and Dylan Walsh back to star, as well as executive producers John Bellucci and Ed Redlich. If this comes together, it is easy to be happy for the show’s cast and crew. It is such a sad time to have your show canceled, since it means that everyone has to scramble to find new jobs. Having a network come out in the 11th hour and save you is a rush of adrenaline.

With all of this being said, we have to discuss the elephant in the room: That it was A&E of all people who did this. Last we heard, this was a network who wanted to get mostly out of the scripted content game, especially when it comes to shows that were not produced in-house. This is one of the reasons why both “The Glades” and then “Longmire” were canceled, and the only show we were really left with was “Bates Motel.” “Longmire” was getting more total viewers in the summer than even “Duck Dynasty” is getting now, and they still decided that they wanted to move forward. Luckily, “Longmire” now has a home on Netflix.

Ultimately, though, “Unforgettable” would be a solid hit for the network even if it is able to bring over just 60% of the live viewers from CBS. That may be what ultimately sparked the move.

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