Universal Channel’s acquisition Chance, starring Hugh Laurie (House), has been cancelled by U.S. streaming service Hulu after two seasons.
The writing had been on the wall for Chance. The series was originally picked up at Hulu in a competitive situation – scoring a two season pick up even as other networks were circling – and while well received did not create much of a buzz for the network, especially compared to The Handmaid’s Tale and the upcoming The Looming Tower.
Based on the novel of the same name by Kem Nunn, Chance is described as a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Dr. Eldon Chance, a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of police corruption, sexual obsession, fractured identities and violence. The drama series is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and stars Hugh Laurie, Ethan Suplee and Stefania LaVie Owen.
This marks the second of Universal’s acquisitions to be cut short by their respective U.S. networks in the past few months. Major Crimes, which consistently ranks as one of Universal’s highest rated shows, aired its series finale in the United States last night after it was cancelled by TNT. Universal now has only two first run U.S. acquisitions: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Chicago Med (both of which air state-side on corporate sibling NBC)