It is the end of the road for “Chasing Life.”
After two seasons, ABC Family made the quick decision to end the Italia Ricci series not long after the recent finale. Given the way that this season ended, with Ricci’s April deciding to stop exploring treatment options to live out the rest of her life in peace, we imagine that this is going to be a particularly infuriating way for the show to end for many fans.
Unfortunately, we cannot sit here and say honestly that we’re surprised by this. The ratings for the show were low, and in some ways it was a surprise that it even got a second season. For a network with “family” in the name, there’s just something about a cancer story that did not appeal to a wide audience. Thanks to its ratings, it also feels pretty likely that this is the end of the road, and no other network is going to be willing to pick this up.
The only reason that we were surprised that this show did not generate more of a following is because the John Green adaptation “The Fault in Our Stars” did so well at the box-office. Maybe that was an isolated case of a cancer-related story doing well with a young audience. This show was based on a Spanish-language series, and if we are to think that this story was going to end in the same way, our guess is that April probably was meant to die at the end of the show.
What is your reaction to the quick cancellation of “Chasing Life,” and how are you going to imagine the end of April’s story? (Personally, we want to root for a miracle; it’s just the optimist in us.) Share below, and click here to get some other news related to the show! Also, sign up here to have some more TV updates on all we cover, sent right over to you courtesy of our CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: ABC Family.)