TNT is pulling the plug on Murder In The First. The network has opted not to pick up a fourth season of the crime drama series from Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, TVWise has confirmed.
Originally described as an anthology series, Murder In The First followed a single murder case, from start to finish, across a single season. While much of the cast changed season-to-season, Taye Diggs (The Good Wife) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) played the same characters across all three seasons. The show was produced in-house by TNT Originals.
The decision to cancel the series had not been entirely unexpected. Ratings were relatively soft and TNT execs have been methodically cleaning house of shows commissioned under former network boss Michael Wright, so as to move forward with Kevin Reilly’s ambition that TNT be a home for “darker and edgier” fare. The only remaining shows from the previous regime are The Last Ship, which is expected to conclude after season five; and Major Crimes, which, given it pulls in excess of 10 million viewers a week, is expected to continue.
Additionally, given the typical production schedule of Murder In The First, there had been some question whether or not co-creator Steven Bochco would have been able to continue with the show had it scored a fourth season pick-up. Bochco is working with 20th Century Fox Television on a reboot of his iconic 1980s legal series L.A. Law and around the time season four would had to have entered production, Bochco would have been co-writing the pilot script with Billy Finkelstein and pitching the reboot to the various networks.