CBS may be thrilled with the hot start for its new fall shows this season, but its summer lineup is a different story. The network this week pulled the plug on two of its three summer 2016 scripted originals.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that CBS canceled “BrainDead” and “American Gothic.” Both shows aired for just a single season.
“Zoo,” which was previously renewed, remains as the only one of the three summer 2016 dramas that will return to CBS.
“‘BrainDead’ marked the first post-‘The Good Wife’ series for showrunners Robert and Michelle King,” THR notes. “The Washington, D.C.-set political horror satire was averaging a dismal 0.4 among adults 18-49 — with seven days of DVR.”
The show starred Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Tony Shalhoub and Aaron Tveit.
“American Gothic,” which starred Juliet Rylance and Justin Chatwin, “debuted to 3.4 million total viewers before ending its run with numbers that were only slightly better than ‘BrainDead,'” THR notes.
Both shows were also poorly received by critics.