A&E had bad news for one drama series today, along with good news for another. Deadline.com reports that the cable channel canceled the freshman series “The Returned.”
Meanwhile, A&E picked up “Bates Motel” for seasons four and five, ordering 20 episodes of the “Psycho” prequel.
“The Returned,” which launched behind season three of “Bates Motel,” did a little better than the show that was previously tried out in that slot, “Those Who Kill,” which earned a quick cancellation. “The Returned” launched with 1.5 million viewers in Live+same day, the story notes, before closing out season one with 945,000.
“Bates Motel” opened season three with 2.1 million viewers in the metric, dipping to 1.7 million by season’s end.
“A&E already hinted at ‘The Returned‘s’ fate by picking up a potential new companion for ‘Bates,’ another offshoot from a classic movie, ‘The Omen’ sequel ‘Damien,'” the report notes.