APB Canceled by Fox, EXORCIST Still Hoping for Renewal
May 11, 2017 by Mike McNamara
On the heels of positive news for the Chicago production community with renewals of three of the NBC Dick Wolf “OneChicago” series comes less fortunate news for the Fox freshman drama APB. Fox has cancelled Len Wiseman’s APB TV show after just one season.
The series debuted to decent ratings in February, but the numbers quickly dissipated. By the time it wrapped Season One, the series averaged only a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.4 million viewers. It became clear that chances were fading for the series when writer Trey Callaway made a final last-ditch plea to fans last month to light up those VOD platforms with APB episodes to help boost the show's fading numbers.
Filmed in and around Chicago, APB followed Gideon Reeves (played by Justin Kirk), a billionaire engineer who witnesses his best friend’s murder. Haunted by his friend’s death, he takes charge of Chicago’s troubled 13th District and reboots it as a technically innovative police force, challenging the district to rethink everything about the way they fight crime.
In addition to Kirk, the series starred Natalie Martinez, Taylor Handley, Ernie Hudson, Caitlin Stasey, Tamberla Perry, and Nestor Serrano. The series was created by Matt Nix and David Slack. Nix served as executive producer along with Len Wiseman, Trey Callaway, Todd Hoffman, Dennis Kim, and Robert Friedman.
As for the other Fox series filmed in Chicago, THE EXORCIST is still in play for a season two order and pundits throughout the TV world seem to think the show's bubble prospects have improved somewhat. Despite average viewership throughout its first season, the show did draw critical acclaim, for the most part. Will the positive reviews and the starpower of Geena Davis be enough to push this series to a sophomore season? We'll find out soon enough and as always, I'll keep you posted.
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.