Canceled: The Lottery, The Bridge, Unforgettable; Renewed: Manhattan, Black Sails and Z Nation
A batch of renewals and cancellations were confirmed and announced for television in the last few weeks and we’ve rounded them up. Read on for the details.
Canceled – "Unforgettable" (September 2011 – September 2014)
CBS has canceled the procedural crime drama “Unforgettable” for a second time. The show, which ended its third season last September, debuted on TV in 2011 and was shortly cancelled after one season. But CBS reversed their first decision, opting instead to bring the show on air for another two seasons.
The series starred Poppy Montgomery as detective Carrie Wells who suffered from a medical condition that gave her the ability for sharp memory. This proved helpful to her in solving cases in her line of work.
Canceled – "The Lottery" (July 2014 – September 2014)
Lifetime has decided it will no longer renew the dystopian TV drama “The Lottery.” The series, which premiered on the cable network over the summer, starred Marley Shelton, Athena Karkanis, Michael Graziadei, Martin Donovan, David Alpay, Yul Vazquez and Shelley Conn.
“The Lottery” was set in 2025, when an epidemic that began in 2019 has made it impossible for women to bear children. A lottery was devised by the Department of Humanity to give families a chance to conceive using 100 human embryos fertilized by its lab. However, as these embryos were the most precious thing on earth, it became a life and death situation for some people.
Canceled – "The Bridge" (July 2013 – October 2014)
“The Bridge” was based on a Danish TV show and was adapted for American television by FX. The series followed the story of two detectives who tracked down serial killers in the American-Mexican borders, depicting the violence and tragedies that involved Mexican drug cartels.
The series, which had a good response from critics and was even honored at the Critics Choice Awards, was canceled by FX after its final episode of the second season aired in October. It starred Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir, Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Thomas M. Wright, Emily Rios and Annabeth Gish.
Renewed – "Z Nation" for Season 2
The horror post-apocalyptic drama “Z Nation” is still in the middle of its first season run but Syfy has already renewed the series for a second season. The zombie series stars DJ Qualls, Tom Everett Scott and Kellita Smith as part of a group that have survived a zombie virus. One of them is a carrier of antibodies.
Renewed – "Manhattan" for Season 2
“Manhattan” has been confirmed as returning for another run in 2015 by WGN. The period series set in the 1940s debuted last July 2014. The show stars John Benjamin Hickey, as one of the scientists stationed in a small town in New Mexico to develop nuclear bombs. Even their families are not aware that this was what they have been working on. The series also stars Olivia Williams, Rachel Brosnahan, Daniel Sterns, Ashley Zukerman, Harry Lloyd and Christopher Denham.
Renewed – "Black Sails" for Season 2 and 3
The pirate adventure drama series, which was first launched in January 2014 on Starz, has finally been confirmed for a second and third season. Back in July, the premium cable network actually gave “Black Sails” a go for Season 2 and just last October 12, the show was once again granted a third season renewal. “Black Sails” is a fantasy drama set in the 1700s. It centers on pirates whose quest is hunt for treasures from Urca de Lima, a Spanish galleon. It stars Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Tom Hopper and Zach McGowan.
And that’s our roundup for the latest in shows that are either canceled or renewed. For more entertainment news, particularly about your favorite TV shows, keep checking back to Movie News Guide (MNG).
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