Update: BBC One Cancels ‘Hunted’, Cinemax To Move Ahead With “Sam Hunter Mythology”

By Patrick Munn - November 14th, 2012 @ 03:19 pm UTC
Category: News / UK News

Update, Thursday, 5:04pm: I have just heard back from representatives of Cinemax and I am now being told that, while moving the series forward in its current format is not possible due to the nature of the co-production agreement with the BBC, the network is looking to move forward with the story of Sam Hunter (which had been conceived of with a 5 year arc) in some manner. In a statement, Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said: “We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology.  We are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax’s brand and are very excited about what lies ahead.”

Previous, Wednesday 3:19pm: Say goodbye to Sam Hunter. BBC One has cancelled the Melissa George fronted spy drama Hunted after the series failed to find much of a mainstream audience. Sources inside the BBC tell me that after the middling performace of the series they had no other option but to cancel the spy drama. That said, there may still be some life left in the series. One of my sources is telling me that despite the decision from the BBC to cancel the series, Cinemax may still decide to pick up a second season by themselves. “Cinemax are very happy with the series, whether or not it continues will be based on whether they are prepared to assume the financial costs.” Representatives of Cinemax did not immediately respond to our requests for comment.

Created by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Hunted followed Sam Hunter, a highly skilled operative for an elite private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she performs her secretive duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead. The drama series is being produced by Big Light and Kudos Film & TV in association with HBO/Cinemax. Hunted stars Melissa George as Sam Hunter and Adam Rayner as Aidan Marsh, Sam’s colleague and potential love interest at the firm. Also starring in the series is Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones), Morven Christie (The Sinking of the Laconia), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost), Lex Shrapnel (Captain America: The First Avenger), Uriel Emil (Criminal Justice), Patrick Malahide (Billy Elliot), Stephen Campbell Moore (The Bank Job, History Boys) and Oscar Kennedy (Toast).

The decision to cancel Hunted comes after the series gradual slide in the rating since its premiere on BBC One on October 4th. The show initially premiered to 4.5 million viewers and a 19% share, but continued to lose viewers week after week, with the most recent episode attracting a mere 2.6 million viewers. Both series creator Frank Spotnitz and production company Kudos Film & TV had been hopeful that a second season would be ordered and opted to beging staffing for season 2 with the hires of Ben Harris and Claire Wilson.

TVWise will bring you more on this when we have it….


Comments (28)

November 14, 2012
Jason

That sucks!


November 14, 2012
Kathy

I’ve been hooked since the first episode, really gutted that it will be cancelled.


November 14, 2012
pisher

About time.

Cinemax has an Alan Ball series coming up, and really does not need a show that has had fewer than 200,000 viewers for its last two first-run episode. Not a typo, folks. UNDER 200k viewers. Cinemax has over 16 MILLION subscribers.


November 15, 2012
GMoore

Love this Series.. why does everything I like.. get cancelled. I hope Cinemax takes it forward!!


November 15, 2012
Paul atwork (Aus)

No! I love this show. C’mon Brits, find another times slot and get watching.


November 16, 2012
Rebecca Hindle

I love the show and yes I am a Brit I watched it every week I work alternat Thursdays BBC are gits not happy I wrote a letter of complaint
Cinemax are taking it over yeah


November 16, 2012
mic morgan

I too love this show and confess love Melissa George too! As good as Spooks….and thus hope for new series as ‘the Killing’ is also on its last run……more please!


November 16, 2012
Dennis

Never seen spooks. Love Hunted. The only thing worth watching.


November 17, 2012
scampy

love this fast moving thriller.Please can you show another series.Fantastic actors.


November 17, 2012

Cinemax saves the day!!! This show is excellent. Very intriguing and suspenseful. So Thank you Cinemax.


November 19, 2012
pisher

Strangely, nothing about a pick-up on Cinemax’s website, or on Frank Spotnitz’s blog, or in any of the major trade publications here in the U.S. They would need to negotiate new contracts, and that takes time, and it could all fall through.

I have this suspicion that they really haven’t decided what to do, and are just making positive noises so that they won’t be airing the rest of this season with much of their audience knowing the show is over (which would negatively impact the already-horrid ratings).

And it is over. Even if they bring it back in some new form, the Hunted that aired on BBC1 is dead and gone.


November 22, 2012
Leonie

I am so gutted if this is axed i was getting so into it!!!!
I looked forward to every thursday to watching it
I really really really hope cinemax take it on so i can atleast watch it online!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aghh what am i going to do with my self now


November 22, 2012
Sue Simons

How annoying. We really enjoyed the show


November 23, 2012
Brian Selby

The series was drawn out far too long with a totally unsatisfactory ending. It had a bright start but it was downhill from then on. I felt totally cheated by the ending and would not be wasting my time watching any further episodes anyway.


November 23, 2012
Cj

I’m so disappointed that the BBC are cancelling this programme, I absolutely loved it, actually counted down the days to the next episode. So want BBC to change their minds. Been left in suspense with so many questions to be answered. Who is Aidan? Is Aidan more involved than we think? Who is the man with no name? Why has he helped Sam all along? Where did the man with no name go when Sam was shot on the bridge? Who is the man with half a finger missing and what has he got to do with her mothers murder and her kidnap? Did deacon shoot her to save her from being killed? How was her mothers murder connected to the investigation and why were they actually trying to kill Sam? So many more questions as well that need explaining.

I so hope a second series is made and we can view it here coz I want answers to those questions and to know how it’s all linked because at the moment it’s been left up in the air and the series doesn’t actually make much sense to me.

Come on new series hurry up I want to see u


November 23, 2012
David

I agree, this is the best spy series I have followed inages. Where do these people get their viewing numbers data? The have never asked me! I expect it is a sample taken from people in some trendy shopping area close to the capital! Get your act together BBC and come up with a closer representation of the viewer preferences.


November 23, 2012
Jim with an H

Really shouldn’t be too surprised that it didn’t end with any real satisfaction as it wasn’t intended to tie up – seen on a few sites people bemused by the fact they didn’t get all the answers to a series that has long been confirmed to be running for at least two (until the BBC did its thang). Well a Sam Hunter arc doesn’t sound bad, if the writers are good. What made Hunted work for me was the ensemble cast rather than one individual – I’d hope that any future stories by Cinemax will carry some of those ensemble as there was some good dynamics in there. Good show, a couple of niggles I had in the final episode which didn’t feel quite in the same tone as the rest of the series, but I can’t fault it for its twists, turns, pacing, visuals, casting etc etc.


November 23, 2012
BLADESMAN1889

Although I watched this to the end – I still don’t know why, I never really took to any of the characters and thought the acting was very dodgy. The way they talked, especially Melissa G, and the guy playing Aidan it was like they were reading the script from an auto-cue machine.

Also what was with MG’s accent ? It sounded terrible, not quite British not quite American. As for the plotholes lets just leave it at that.


November 26, 2012
abbas

oh my god. i can’t belive that.i love this Series.why does everything I like get cancelled :(


November 27, 2012
marc

best show to come out of the BBC ever,and they are canceling it :/ idiots!!!! yet crap like eastenders goes on for years lol


November 27, 2012
Anna

Why cancel a good show, ending was great best show since Sherlock and spooks, please bring it back and not in the summer same time next year x


December 8, 2012
dabraat

This did fill a nice void when Strike Back ended on Max, but the ending was totally rushed and ridiculous. I hope it comes back and makes some sense of that stupid ending sequence.


December 8, 2012
Mike

Love the show


December 14, 2012
Chris

This is an excellent series and bloody well better continue …BBC clearly did not have an accurate viewers poll as, the fan base following these 8 episodes has grown huge worldwide!!! Glad to hear Cinemax has picked it up for a possible 5 year arc, BBC have totally missed the boat when they made the decision to drop this intelligent “thinking man’s” spy series, EVER to hit movie television! The Hunted makes the “US” Homeland series look like a complete joke!


December 16, 2012
Irene Jackson

So disappointed to hear the BBC will not be doing a second series just watched the whole 8 episodes that i had recorded and it was fantastic should have been advertised more.


December 18, 2012
James

I thoroughly enjoyed this show really gutted that they have cancelled the second series because I want to know the answers to the unfinished questions! Will I be able to watch the programme if I live in Britain and they broadcast it in the USA?
I want to start a petition to send to the BBC!


January 20, 2013
Adrian

Great show Hunted but BBC kill it off great at doing that the BBC what is gong to fill it another cookery show. The series was excellent. The story line was not finished. Do hope it comes Back


July 9, 2013
Desmond Martin

Agree with all said. The series had the kind of labyrinthine twists that made MI5 / Spooks such a goo d series. Obvisously too sophisticated for those audiences who want to know what is happening as it the show proceeds…unprepared to suspend disbelief until the various threads come together towards the end of the series. Brilliant show, well conceived and acted. SHame that it has been terminated too soon!