“Stop grinning. We’re out of work!”
About a month ago, I expressed my bewilderment that TNT’s mediocre freshman series, King & Maxwell (ranted about here) had been renewed. Looks like the network succumbed to my mind-control satellites, because they changed their minds and canceled it, instead:
Deadline reports that TNT has decided to cancel King & Maxwell after one season. The 10th and final episode aired on August 12th.
The show revolves around a pair of Secret Service agents (Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn) who opened their own detective agency after they were fired. Michael O’Keefe, Chris Butler, and Ryan Hurst round out the cast.
King & Maxwell remained fairly consistent during its 10 episode run and averaged 3.11 million viewers. The premiere attracted 3.52 million viewers and the finale drew 3.50 million.
While it wasn’t as big a hit as Rizzoli & Isles (5.7 million) and Major Crimes (4.9 million), it wasn’t that far behind Perception (3.5 million).
In fact, I have to wonder if TNT had to choose between Perception and King & Maxwell, tossed a coin, and the latter lost. They sure didn’t show much faith in it, giving it only a ten-episode order. And what’s with first renewing it, as we read in August, and then canceling it? Odd.
Honestly, much as I criticized the show, I thought it had some potential. Were I the head of programming for TNT, I might have kept it on the condition that the writers be replaced (by shooting, preferably) and the show’s tone be made a bit more serious and darker. As it was, K&I looked way too much like the lightweight cop fare one sees on the major broadcast networks.
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