TNT Cancels ‘Proof’ After One Season

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TNT has cancelled their Kyra Sedgwick produced supernatural drama series Proof after one ten episode season. The series, which was produced in-house by TNT Originals and starred Jennifer Beals, wrapped its run on the network back in August.

Penned by Rob Bragin, Proof follows Dr Carolyn Tyler (Jennifer Beals), a brilliant surgeon who has suffered the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage and a growing estrangement from their daughter. Carolyn is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings and other supernatural phenomena. Matthew Modine, Joe Morton, Callum Blue, Edi Gathegi, Annie Thurman, Sean Gleeson and Caroline Rose Kaplan also star.

A so-so ratings performer, Proof premiered on June 16th to just shy of 3 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating and by the time the season (now series) finale aired in August ratings had sunk to 2.1 million viewers and a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demo. Per TNT, the total audience for the show – including linear, DVR and VOD platforms – was in fact closer to six million viewers.

After a relatively quiet Summer, TNT topper Kevin Reilly is only now making calls on the network’s slate of Summer series. The only shows to have already earned renewals are Rizzoli & Isles and The Last Ship, while Falling Skies wrapped its five season run last month.

Of the remaining shows, Public Morals is not expected to return, while TNT and WBTV are close to a deal for a fifth season of Major Crimes, with the sticking point being the episode order. I hear it is like to be for 15 episodes, with TNT brass leaving the door open for an increased order further down the line.