‘The Mysteries of Laura’ cancellation: What season 3 could have been

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By now, most fans of “The Mysteries of Laura” have heard the unfortunate news that despite an improved second season and consistent ratings, the show was unfortunately canceled.

Now, we’re getting a little bit more of a sense as to what could have been had the show continued, which may be a sign that there is not as enormous an effort to continue the show on another platform as we’ve seen with some others. (After all, we now know what would’ve happened if the show was brought back.) Per Deadline, executive producer Jeff Rake explained that the cliffhanger regarding Laura, Jake, and Jen would have a quick conclusion:

“In the Season Three premiere, Jake’s girlfriend Jen (Jenna Fischer) would return the engagement ring to him. Knowing Laura wanted Jake back, Jen couldn’t stomach being a home wrecker, having grown up in a household with a similar dynamic between her own parents.”

From here, Rake noted that the third season would have really dived into what happened with Jake’s affair two years beforehand; specifically a prosecution witness was the “other woman,” and after explaining some of what happened, the case would be re-opened and the two would have to deal with her being a presence in their life once more. It would have created some good drama for the show, but alas, NBC decided to go in another direction. (We know now from looking at their fall schedule that “Blindspot” is going to try to take the place of “Laura” Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, which means that they can still market this lineup with three female leads in Jaimie Alexander, Mariska Hargitay, and Sophia Bush.

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