Maybe this report is basically akin to regurgitating the same thing that’s been out there for months on end now, it’s still official: CBS has decided to move on from Code Black — again.
According to TVLine, the network is standing by their still-dubious decision to cancel the Marcia Gay Harden medical drama following a reasonably successful third season that aired this past spring and summer. It was a bizarre series of events — the cancellation was announced fairly early on into season 3’s run, which felt like a pretty clear sign that CBS had no real intention of ever bringing it back. Then, the ratings actually surprised with their strength over the summer, leading some to wonder whether or not the network would actually take another look. They claimed that they would be at the TCA Summer Press Tour, only for there to really never be any serious sign that they were considering bringing the show back.
The fact that some of the actors from the first three seasons were getting work elsewhere basically signaled weeks ago that the show was over, but this announcement is the final nail in the coffin, and also a reminder that studio ownership is really key to television programming in 2018. Because Code Black was not a series CBS owned outright through their own studio, they never had the same incentive to keep it that they’ve had with some of their other programming. If CBS actually did own the show and it got the same ratings for season 3 that it did, we imagine that we’d still be looking forward to more new episodes in the future. This was a criminally-underrated series with good medical cases, but beyond that compelling characters and really great music (something that you don’t often say with hospital shows). Season 3 did go out on a great note, so at least we have that to think about.
At this point, the biggest thing that we can really hope for is that show executive producer Michael Seitzman and the rest of the cast all get a chance to land some other exciting work elsewhere. They absolutely do deserve an opportunity to do all sorts of great stuff after this. Code Black proved their talent further, and it probably will go down as one of those shows from the past few years that was canceled far too soon. The numbers spell that out, and we imagine that a number of fans out there would agree.
Are you disappointed that Code Black is dead, or did you just assume this many weeks ago like the majority of people out there? Be sure to share in the comments. (Photo: CBS.)