UPDATE, 8:59PM: Well that didn’t take long. The CW just pulled the plug on The Messengers. The dystopian drama got a very soft reception from critics (not to mention international buyers at last year’s LA Screenings) and that translated in the ratings, with the series premiering to DOA numbers – 1.2 million viewers and a 0.3 A18-49 rating. It’s not immediately clear if the network will keep the show on-air to air its 13 produced episodes.
Penned by Eoghan O’Donnell, The Messengers picks up after a mysterious object crashes on Earth and follows a group of seemingly unconnected strangers who die from an energy pulse from said object. However, they later awaken to learn that they have been deemed responsible for preventing the impending apocalypse. CBS Television Studios is producing with O’Donnell, Iwanyk, Kent Kubena and Ava Jamshidi serving as executive producers. The cast includes Shantel VanSanten, Joel Courtney, Diogo Morgado, Craig Frank, Sofia Black-D’Elia and Jon Fletcher.
PREVIOUS, 8:34PM: After months of rumours The CW has finally made it official: they have cancelled their Rachel Bilson fronted drama Hart Of Dixie after airing four seasons of the Warner Bros Television produced series.
The lone hold-out from Dawn Ostroff’s time as President of the network, Hart Of Dixie premiered in 2011 and featured a cast which included Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Cress Williams, Wilson Bethel, Scott Porter, Tim Matheson and Kaitlyn Black. Hart Of Dixie had been widely expected to end this season after it narrowly swung a fourth season pick up last May amidst dwindling ratings.
Word of the cancellation first leaked out on social media earlier this year when series creator Leila Gerstein Tweeted out that the “final” three episodes were coming up on the network’s schedule. At the time the network’s press office denied the show had been cancelled. The season four finale, which aired on March 27th, was, however, envisioned as the series finale by the series writers.
Now that The CW has officially decided on Hart Of Dixie there is only one series left in play at the network, after they previously handed renewals to The 100, Arrow, The Flash, Jane The Virgin, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Beauty & The Beast and iZombie. That one series is The Messengers, which is considered dead. An official cancellation is expected shortly.