Taken canceled (effectively) at NBC; remaining episodes pulled

Taken season 2It looks as though Taken is being taken away from us — with just a handful of episodes to go, the Clive Standen – NBC series is being pulled off of the air.

In a post on Twitter via the TV Grim Reaper, we’ve learned that NBC has pulled remaining episodes of the show. This is somewhat surprising, as noted, simply because this is an in-house show currently in its second season losing the remainder of its air time. That isn’t something that you really see happen all that often since networks typically will see a story through if they’ve picked it up for another batch of episodes.

Here’s where things went wrong with Taken — it starts with NBC choosing to air it on Fridays in the first place, especially up against other action-heavy programming like Agents of SHIELD and Hawaii Five-0. There are a limited number of viewers around on the night and these shows were more established and had longer shelf lives. It also didn’t help Taken that it needed some more time and wouldn’t be ready for the fall. Because of that, it wasn’t able to capitalize on any of its season 1 momentum from this time last year. It has a great lead and a magnetic cast overall, so we’re disappointed that at least viewers are not going to be able to see the rest of Bryan’s story through.

With that being said, television is a business and sometimes businesses are cruel. Bumping a show off of the air for Dateline is especially cruel, given that the news magazine already had an hour of programming on Friday’s in the first place.

Hopefully, we do get a chance to see more of the Taken cast elsewhere in the future — the good news is that Standen will be appearing on Vikings later this year as season 5 continues. Meanwhile, you are also going to have a chance to see more of Jessica Camacho later this season on The Flash.

Update: Taken will finish its run on Saturdays this summer.

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