2:55pm PT by Kate Stanhope
USA Cancels 'Complications' After One Season
Complications has come to an end.
The freshman medical drama from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix has been canceled by USA, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Starring Jason O'Mara as a doctor who becomes involved in a gang war after the death of his daughter, the series was one of two new summer offerings for USA Network. The other, the buzzy hit Mr. Robot, was renewed for a second season hours ahead of its series premiere.
Mr. Robot is part of a new creative direction for the network, once known for less serialized, blue sky programming like Burn Notice and Royal Pains. Despite its darker themes and heavily serialized storyline, Complications was not picked up for a second season by USA because of what sources call a strong drama pipeline that includes upcoming new series Colony and Queen of the South.
Complications brought Nix back to USA, where he created and served as showrunner on one of the network's biggest hits, Burn Notice. Nix sold the pilot to USA in October 2013, one month after Burn Notice wrapped its seven-season run.
Speaking with THR earlier this month, days ahead of Complications' finale, Nix sounded cautiously optimistic about a renewal. "The world has changed so much, but one thing we’ve demonstrated is we have an audience that comes back every week," he said. "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."
Complications joins USA's half-hour comedy Sirens, which got the ax earlier this year after two seasons. Graceland, which hails from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, and the network's sole half-hour scripted comedy Playing House are both awaiting word on renewals.
Like Graceland, Complications hailed from Fox Television Studios.