[UPDATE: Cinemax will continue Hunted without the BBC. Read more here]
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Sam Hunter’s mission will terminate at the end of this season following reports that the BBC has axed Hunted.
The Guardian claims the spy series from X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz and starring Melissa George will not be renewed for a second season after less than sparkling ratings and, apparently, a ‘confusing’ plot. A BBC spokesperson said:
“It hasn’t found the mainstream audience it was hoped.”
In the UK, the show debuted to the tune of 4.5 million dropping to 2.6 million for last Thursday’s sixth episode.
The reported cancelation will of course come as disappointing news to Hunted fans on both sides of the water (Hunted is co-produced by the BBC and Cinemax).
I thought Hunted failed to capitalize on a promising premiere and such is the nature of television that unless a series storms out of the gate it often gets laid to rest before it can find its feet.
It’s a shame too, as Spotnitz was apparently planning a second season that would have continued Sam’s journey.
Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what Cinemax plan to do with the series.