Even though “Unforgettable” was revived from the dead earlier this summer with a last-minute renewal, there are still going to be some major changes to the show before it starts up season 2 next summer.
Multiple sources have confirmed that while a number of series regulars are staying on board the series — including Poppy Montgomery, Dylan Walsh, and Jane Curtin (who jumped on board in midseason) — some series regulars for season 1 including Michael Gaston, Kevin Rankin, and Daya Vaidya are not going to be back in a regular capacity. It is possible that they could still play either guest-starring roles or recur in a small handful of episodes.
This move seems to be in some ways twofold. Since airing in the summer traditionally translates to mean lower ratings, producers are likely looking or a way to ensure that the show continues to stay profitable and worthy of a potential third season down the road. In addition, it’s also fairly common for shows that struggle in the ratings (in particular the 18-49 demographic, which is integral for ad revenue) go through some sort of casting change over the course of a hiatus. Last year, we saw the same sort of thing happen to another show challenged in the demo in “Harry’s Law” — but unfortunately, this was not enough for the show to get a third-season renewal.
“Unforgettable” marks an attempt by its network to establish more of a summer presence next year, which is not really something they have done in 2012 outside of “Big Brother” and the low-rated reality show “Dogs in the City,” which will surely not return.
What do you think about some of these changes? To see the schedule that CBS is putting on the air this fall, be sure to head on over to this link.