TNT Cancels 'Monday Mornings'
UPDATED: The medical drama from David E. Kelly and Dr. Sanjay Gupta fizzled out of the gate and never found an audience.
TNT has pulled the plug on Monday Mornings. The medical drama lasted just one season on the cable network, limping out of the gate and never finding an audience.
While the fate of fellow drama Southland was up in the air until Friday, Monday Mornings' fate has been sealed for months. The series, from David E. Kelly and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, opened to a dismal 1.34 million viewers -- and just 472,000 in the Turner network's coveted adults 25-54 demographic.
TNT acknowledged the ratings shortcomings in a statement. "Unfortunately the show never built its audience enough to warrant its continuation," it reads. "We wish everyone involved with Monday Mornings the best and hope to work with them again in the future."
Critics were also never in Monday Mornings' corner. The Hollywood Reporter's chief TV critic Tim Goodman took particular issue with the format. "The centerpiece M&M [morbidity and mortality] meetings should be what sets the series apart," he wrote, "but those scenes are what is actually bogging the show down into nonsense."
Of TNT's winter scripted offerings, Dallas was the only one to score a renewal. The network just handed out series orders to Howard Gordon's Sean Bean spy drama Legends, as well as Michael Bay's The Last Ship. Both are slated for 2014 premieres.