After premiering as part of TNT's 2013 Summer Season, the series completed it's ten episode run August 12, 2013. Unfortunately, that's gonna be all she wrote.
The fact that the series wasn't included in the August announcement that a third season of Major Crimes , a third season of Perception, and a fifth season of Rizzoli & Isles would be joining already renewed Falling Skies on the 2014 Summer Season schedule was definitely a hint that cancellation was on the horizon.
According to Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, “TNT has had a terrific summer with four big hits that have drawn viewers with great storytelling, engaging characters and outstanding performances,” He went on to say, “With the renewals of Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and Perception , TNT has built an incredibly strong arsenal of scripted series. And it’s only going to get stronger with t he addition of Mob City and the return of Dallas this winter, not to mention the debuts of The Last Ship and Legen ds next summer.”
Though 3.5 million viewers tuned in for the premiere of King & Maxwell, the series only averaged 3.1 million. While that might be an impressive haul for a smaller network, it's just not enough when compared to the show's lead in, Major Crimes, which pulled in a little over 5 million.
Yes, the series had its issues (see my thoughts on that HERE), but I feel no shame in admitting I'm sorry it won't be given more time to find its way and a larger audience. Whatever else may have been in doubt, Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn had great chemistry and fit into TNT's patented buddy cops mold perfectly (certainly better than Perception's Eric McCormack and Rachael Leigh Cook.) Here's hoping they each get a chance like this again. Maybe we can also hope to see Tenney back as FBI liaison Agent Fritz Howard on Major Crimes next season...
King & Maxwell
June 10, 2013 – August 12, 2013
And now, just for fun, and in an attempt to help any fans upset about this news feel better, please enjoy the weirdest TNT production ever, A HOMAGE TO TNT CRIME DRAMAS, featuring the shows of their 2013 Summer line-up and... lots and lots of cats.
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