ABC has issued the first cancellation of the 2015 – 2016 U.S. television season, opting to cancel its freshman crime series Wicked City after airing only three episodes. The network has pulled the series from its lineup, meaning that several already produced episodes of the series will never make it to air.
Created by Steven Baigelman (Get on Up, Brother’s Keeper), Wicked City has earned dismal ratings since its premiere and it looked marked for cancellation since the start. Originally intended to be an anthology series in the vein of American Horror Story and True Detective, the series was set to take on an entirely different story in a potential second season. It’s first and now only season followed a pair of detectives hunting a pair of serial killers preying on the Sunset Strip in the early 1980s.
A side effect to the self-contained season is that Wicked City will allegedly have the opportunity to wrap up its story, as ABC has allowed the series to complete production on its eighth episode, which has been built as a conclusion to the series. The five episodes that didn’t air will be available for streaming at some point in the future according to producer and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Jon Cassar (24, Terra Nova), who tweeted, “The bad news is #WickedCity is cancelled. The good news is ABC is letting us complete 8 episodes so you can watch it all streaming”.
In a tweet the evening that the series’ fourth episode was supposed to air, producer Laurie Zaks (Castle, The Family) clarified “To #WickedCity fans looking for us tonight. We finished filming 8eps today with a great ending. Suitable 4 streaming. The story is complete”.
Wicked City starred Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order, Suburgatory), Taissa Farmiga (The Final Girls, American Horror Story: Murder House), Gabriel Luna (Matador, Freeheld), Jaime Ray Newman (Mind Games, Drop Dead Diva), Evan Ross (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, Just Before I Go), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl, J. Edgar), Anne Winters (Tyrant, The Fosters), Karolina Wydra (Crazy Stupid Love, Europa Report) and Erika Christensen (Parenthood, Robot Chicken).