TNT has cancelled freshman drama King & Maxwell after airing only one season of the series, TVWise has learned.
Based on David Baldacci’s King & Maxwell novel series, the drama series follows former US Secret Service agents turner Private Investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell who use their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) to gives themselves a leg up on both suspects and conventional law enforcement. With her striking beauty, athletic prowess and Beltway connections, Maxwell is a formidable investigator, determined to prove herself after being forced to resign from the Secret Service. King, a recovering alcoholic with a passion for romance novels, lost his job with the Secret Service when the presidential candidate he was assigned to protect was assassinated. Now, his background as a lawyer gives him a keen insight into the legal ins and outs necessary to do his job better than just about anyone. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Jon Tenney, Rebecca Romijn, Ryan Hurst, Michael O’Keefe and Chris Butler.
Launching behind Major Crimes on Monday nights, King & Maxwell pulled some decent ratings for TNT. Initially premiering to 3.5 million viewers and a 0.6 A18-49 rating, the series did see a dip in viewership across its 10 episode first season, though viewership did rise towards the end of its run with the finale pulling in similar figures to the premiere (3.5 million/0.6 A18-49). But the average audience of 3.1 million viewers was well below the figures for TNT’s other Summer series, sealing the fate of freshman drama.
The cancellation of King & Maxwell follows on from the recent renewals for fellow summer series Falling Skies (which just began production on its fourth season), Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes and Perception. The only series which is still in limbo at TNT is the Sony Pictures Television produced Franklin & Bash, which is not expected to return. The network has also ordered 4 new scripted series: The Last Ship, Legends and Murder In The First, which are set for Summer 2014 premieres; and Mob City, which debuts on December 4th.