Is a Still Star-Crossed season 2 still possible going into tonight’s finale airing? We never like to be the bearer of bad news, but the answer’s a firm no.
Unfortunately, the Shonda Rhimes-produced Shakespearean soap tonight is coming to a close on ABC, and it’s doing so with a whimper far more than a bang. Even when the show first premiered, there wasn’t all that much hope for its future. It was billed at the time as a limited series event, one that had already seen its episode order cut and was just going to air in the summer after The Bachelorette. There wasn’t this extreme amount of hope that it was going to come on the air, generate huge ratings, and somehow figure out a way to be back for another season. It was almost more of a surprise at that point that Romeo & Juliet follow-up series set in Verona during that time was going to be something that ABC considered as a possible hit.
Our feeling for now is rather simple: The show had Rhimes aboard, and the hope was that her producing power would somehow get the show good ratings. There were some moments of great potential through the first season and solid performances, but none of that was enough to ensure that it would eventually get anywhere beyond the first seven episodes.
Now that we’ve said all of this … there was a path that the show could have been granted a second season. If it had come on and generated ratings that were in the 1.o+ range in the 18-49 demographic, it would’ve been hard for ABC to look that gift horse in the mouth. We’ve seen on so many occasions now limited series eventually become more than that on the basis of their success, and we easily could’ve seen that become the case here, as well.
Alas, that didn’t happen, and after tonight Still Star-Crossed ventures off into the TV graveyard. In this sort of situation, there are two different things that we really hope for.
1. The cast gets to move on to do other great things – There should be all sorts of interesting recurring roles coming in the 2017-18 season. It’s a little too late for them to get presumably a series-regular gig on a new drama, but those could open up again when we dive into pilot season.
2. ABC still takes big risks – We don’t want to see them shy away from things that could presumably become big hits. Remember that this is the network that did bring us Lost, and there aren’t many people who would look at that concept on paper and say “oh, that’s a safe bet.” You can say the same thing about a show like Nashville, which did rather well for them for a few seasons.
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