Complications Season 2 renewal is up in the air at USA, showrunner Matt Nix has confirmed.
Following the Season 1 finale last night, Nix told THR that he’s unsure whether the show will be back for Season 2, but believes there’s enough of a core audience to build on :
It’s a little hard for everybody in cable right now to know what’s up and what’s down. The world has changed so much, but one thing we’ve demonstrated is we have an audience that comes back every week. … It’s just so hard to get attention and what I would want to do is take the audience base that we have now and really reach out and aggressively go after more viewers who maybe didn’t see season one, and because, as I say, I think the big strength of the show is that people who are in are in. A number of people are watching the show whether it’s live or live plus seven or live plus three, it’s remained remarkably consistent since episode one.
As for what awaits Dr. John Ellison in a potential Season 2, Nix believes the first season has set up some intriguing possibilities for the new mystery teased in the closing moments:
Thinking about his situation, vis-a-vis the police, he knows by the end of the season, ‘They can’t really make a move against me because they’re going to expose themselves, or the guy that I know in the police can’t really make the move against me because he’d expose himself,’ which is certainly not the way John was thinking at the beginning of the season. That’s not the same John that started the season. But, moving forward, then you get into questions like, if he can’t move against you, can you make him do something? Does he become an ally? Does he become, if not an ally, at least somebody that you can call upon and coerce into doing things? Because certainly if you get busted, he gets busted along with you. That relationship could be very interesting.
On the phone call John gets about the cancer center:
That’s the mystery going into the next season, but one of the things that is most fun about doing the show is that the problems don’t have to be close-ended. The truth is, people have ongoing interests. They wake up the next day. They don’t think of themselves as the bad guys. They have businesses to run and interests to protect and so this idea of a corrupt cancer center – those places really exist, it’s a problem. Recently there was the bust of the doctor who was prescribing cancer medication to people who didn’t have cancer just because it lined his pockets. These places are all over, and they are almost by definition, organized crime. Not organized crime in the sense of the Mafia necessarily, although occasionally they are, but you can’t run a corrupt cancer center and have arrangements in house and protect yourself without having an organization. If one of your outfits blows up, you’re going to have the resources to figure out who did it; you’re going want to settle accounts. At the same time, if you find out it’s a doctor, well, that could be useful. I think it sets up all sorts of interesting possibilities.