CRISIS Canceled... And as for the remaining episodes...
May 9, 2014 by Mike McNamara
And it looks like my "uh oh" article earlier today was justified. NBC has just confirmed that they will be canceling CRISIS.
As I'd mentioned in the article, it was always probably more a question of whether or not all twelve episodes will air than whether there would be a second season. After NBC's announcement minutes ago, that is the only question... and the answer is still pending.
Michael Kennedy of screenrant.com says, "There is now conflicting information going around, as some credible sources are saying that the remaining episodes of Believe and Crisis aren’t currently scheduled to air, while other equally credible sources are saying that both shows will return to NBC on Sunday, May 25. NBC has yet to officially clarify things either way."
Also getting the axe is the CRISIS lead-in BELIEVE and the sophomore drama REVOLUTION, both from STAR TREK director J.J. Abrams.
More from this afternoon's Hollywood Reporter announcement: "Things were not looking good for either limited efforts Crisis or Believe at the start of the May sweep. NBC decided early on to pull the pair of dramas from their Sunday slots, despite relatively steady performances. The J.J. Abrams-backed Believe got a solid sampling with a Monday premiere after The Voice, though nowhere near up to snuff with Blacklist numbers, and quickly settled on Sunday. Season-to-date, the Alfonso Cuaron-produced series from Warner Bros. Television is averaging a 2.0 rating in the key demo. (That’s with DVR boosts and the Monday debut.) It’s also had the unfortunate distinction of facing off against one of midseason’s lone hits: ABC’s Resurrection. The rival drama, similarly supernatural, has owned the hour since its March launch. Creatively, the drama stumbled to find its footing early on, changing showrunners three times before its debut.
Rand Ravich's Crisis has been posting a somewhat more modest 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 7 million viewers in the incredibly unforgiving hour of 10 p.m. on Sundays. Neither Believe nor Crisis has been much of a success with critics, though 20th Century Fox TV's Crisis did garner several favorable reviews."
And it definitely doesn't help that CRISIS is now up against this little show called MAD MEN while also suffering from a very weak lead-in in BELIEVE.
Well, here's hoping for Chicago cast and crew that all twelve episodes of CRISIS will air on NBC later this month. On a personal note... hilariously enough, I'm set to make a brief cameo on CRISIS... in episode 9, the very next episode. Guess my Mom will have to wait to email all of her friends and relatives.
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.