After one season on the air, it looks as though there is no more Whiskey Cavalier to speak of — at least at ABC.
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Today, the network formally canceled the Scott Foley – Lauren Cohan spy series after just one season, and also what was thought to be a pretty smart plan to premiere the first episode after the Academy Awards. Back when the network first picked the show up, the expectation was that this could become one of their next big hits — it had some star power thanks to Cohan and Foley’s recent work, a fairly big budget, and a lot of international appeal with the spy intrigue. Unfortunately, you have to consider this yet another reminder that live+same-day ratings matter more than any other metric when you want to keep a show on the air.
However, this is not necessarily the end of the road when it comes to Whiskey Cavalier … at least at the moment. Studio Warner Bros. TV is working to potentially shop the show elsewhere, knowing that they’ve already made a big investment here. They likely see it as a similar international performer to Blindspot, which has been kept around mostly on the strength of its global performance and its streaming potential. Our concern at the moment is finding a partner who would be a perfect fit, given that the ratings for Whiskey Cavalier season 1 are such that it’s probably not going to be getting another major network on board. A streaming outlet is always a possibility, but we don’t know if Netflix or Hulu can really feel that confident about bringing it on after a fairly short and low-rated season 1 run.
Still, we think that we’ve learned at this point that it’s never a good idea to rule anything out when it comes to the performance of a given show. There are always some ways that a studio can turn around and then surprise you.
What did Foley have to say about the decision?
You can see a little bit more of that in the video below, where he refers to the decision to end the show as a tough one for ABC — he celebrates the cast and crew and discusses some of the great memories that he’s had working on the show. We understand why, given that working on this show has allowed him to see the world and see and experience some different things. Who doesn’t want to take part in a spy thriller?
As for what this news could mean in terms of Lauren Cohan’s future on The Walking Dead, we’ll have a little more on that soon over at the link here. Stay tuned…
Also, check out our renewal/cancellation guide to get some other insight on the state of some other shows.
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