More inevitable cancellations at NBC, which formally pulled the plug of underperforming midseason dramas Believe and Crisis. The demise of Believe makes it two NBC cancellations of JJ Abrams dramas today, as Revolution also was not picked up. Abrams’ Bad Robot also lost Almost Human, cancelled by Fox after one season, leaving the company with only one broadcast series next season, CBS’ Person of Interest. Crisis and Believe had the odds stacked against them with challenging slots on Sunday night. Still, Believe premiered after The Voice for extra sampling. In the end, neither the supernatural Believe, from Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron, nor hostage drama Crisis could draw enough viewers to earn a renewal.
Not that there was any realistic chance for NBC’s midseason drama series Believe and Crisis, but whatever little hope the shows’ fans may have had for a renewal should be gone now that the network has pulled the two series for a Women of SNL special on May 18, the final Sunday of May sweep. In their most recent airings this past Sunday, both dramas drew a 1.0 among adults 18-49 in the fast nationals. NBC has been struggling to kick-start its Sunday lineup post-football as it left with four hours to fill every January.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Endemol Buys Rights To Relationship Format ‘The Extra Mile’; U.K.’s Watch Picks Up ‘Crisis’
Endemol Buys Rights To Relationship Format ‘The Extra Mile’
Endemol has picked up multiple-territory rights at Mip-TV to the Israeli format The Extra Mile from Studio Glam. The show sees divorced couples that can barely speak to each other brought together in an exotic location. There they must learn to co-habit and put their deeply rooted issues aside, working together to take on extreme challenges for the one thing they still agree on – the love of their kids. The prize for the winning couple is a trust fund for their children, which can only be enjoyed when they turn 18. Studio Glam has sold the rights to produce the format in key European territories including UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Turkey and across Scandinavia. A 24-episode primetime series, filmed on location in the Philippines, will broadcast twice a week on Israel Channel 10. Watch a promo for the show here.
EXCLUSIVE: Upcoming NBC drama series Crisis has gone on an unplanned hiatus. The eight-day (one episode cycle) break started on Friday night after production was wrapped on the fifth episode after the pilot. Insiders describe the reasons for the stoppage as “course correction,” with writers using the time to tweak storylines and work on scripts. There also will be some reshoots done on completed episodes. Along with the pilot for The Blacklist, Crisis, a hostage/political thriller drama starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney, tested through the roof in the spring, with the two considered NBC’s strongest drama pilots of last season. There has been concern recently that subsequent episodes were veering from the direction (and promise) of the pilot, which led to the decision to take a break and try to fix that. Additionally, I hear Crisis producer 20th TV is in the process of bringing in senior level writers to support creator Rand Ravich who tends to work with smaller writing staffs, something that proved hard for a complex, serialized drama with multiple storylines like Crisis. Unlike fall series, midseason ones are not on a tight delivery schedule, which has allowed a number of elaborate drama productions to take a temporary shutdown for extra work on storylines and scripts. 20th TV previously did it with Fox’s 24 in the fall of 2008 and on NBC’s Awake two years ago.