NBC Cancels Heartbeat, Telenovela, and Three More, but Orders Charlaine Harris' New Vampire
That breeze you feel is from the swinging axe that's felling shows like television is going out of style. Dig five more plots in the graveyard, because NBC just ended a quintet of series. Rest in peace Game of Silence, Heartbeat, Crowded, Telenovela, and Undateable. But NBC did order a new supernatural series from True Blood creator Charlaine Harris called Midnight, Texas.
Shed no tears because none of these demises came as a surprise. Game of Silence, which starred David Lyons, Michael Raymond-James, and Larenz Tate as childhood friends reunited by past trauma, never caught on with audiences, and the most recent episode, its sixth, drew a stinky 3.39 million viewers and registered a paltry 0.7 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic.
Heartbeat starred Melissa George as a brilliant heart surgeon who was love-confused between her gay ex-husband, her studly new doctor beau, and her wise old mentor. She also cracked ribs and ripped hearts out of people's chests. Was it for fun? We will never know now.
Telenovela was pretty much done when NBC renewed Superstore for a second season and stayed mum on Telenovela. Eva Longoria starred in this parody of Spanish-language soap operas, but you probably didn't know that because you probably didn't watch it. The series finale drew 2.94 million viewers and a 0.9 rating among adults ages 18-to-49. By comparison, the finale of Superstore pulled in a 4.68 million/1.4 set. Now you see why NBC made the decision to go with Superstore.
Despite trying to liven things up with live episodes in Season 3 (three seasons!?) , Undateable never went anywhere and the stunt failed to ignite any spark. Its finale notched 2.72 million viewers and a 0.8 rating.
Crowded starred Carrie Preston and Patrick Warburton as a couple who begin to enjoy having an empty nest... until their two 20-something kids move back in! And their parents moved back home instead of moving to Florida! Yikes! You'll have to trust me that this was on Sunday nights.
But how about that pick up? Harris's Midnight, Texas is based on her book series about a small Texas town considered a safe haven for vampires, psychics, witches, and more. However, some people don't like 'em, and these different folks band together to fend off outside pressure from biker gangs, cops, and others.
The moves mean that we're still waiting word on just two NBC shows: The Carmichael Show and The Mysteries of Laura.