'68 Whiskey' Canceled at Paramount Network

68 Whiskey - Publicity still - H 2020

Paramount Network has canceled its dramedy 68 Whiskey after a single season.

The M*A*S*H-esque show follows military medics at a base in Afghanistan. It debuted to decent ratings in January but faded some as the season wore on. Its 10-episode run wrapped in March; the series streams on CBS All Access.

Based on the Israeli series Charlie Golf One, the show was adapted by Roberto Benabib (Weeds, HBO's The Brink). Benabib executive produces with Imagine Television's Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Samie Kim Falvey, Charlie Golf One creator Zion Rubin, Efrat Shmaya Dror (United Studios of Israel), Danna Stern (yes Studios), Francie Calfo and pilot director Michael Lehmann. CBS Television Studios and Imagine TV produce.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Benabib relayed to the cast that added costs due to COVID-19, filming in Los Angeles, and the number of background actors in many scenes contributed to the cancellation.

In addition to modest ratings — the show didn't crack the top 100 cable series — 68 Whiskey also doesn't fit with the mandate for ViacomCBS' Entertainment and Youth Brands to fully own the series it makes. The show was ordered under a previous regime at Paramount Network, whereas now the Chris McCarthy-led Entertainment and Youth group is focusing on IP it fully controls.