6:42pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Amanda Knox-Themed Drama 'Guilt' Canceled at Freeform
Freeform will feel no guilt.
The Disney-owned cable network has canceled scripted drama Guilt after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The show — seemingly inspired by the Amanda Knox trial — was a soapy thriller that revolved around an American in London (Daisy Head) who becomes the prime suspect in the savage murder of her roommate.
The series was created, written and executive produced by Kathryn Price and her The Game Plan cohort Nichole Millard. Former ABC Entertainment chief Steve McPherson also exec produced the series, which was a co-production of Sea to Sky Entertainment, the joint venture between Lionsgate Television and Thunderbird Films, and BV Family Productions in association with Freeform. Billy Zane co-starred on the drama, which launched in June to an underwhelming 490,000 total viewers before wrapping its 10-episode run in August with 400,000.
The demise of Guilt comes as Freeform recently rebranded from ABC Family and developed edgier series in a bid to connect with what it called "becomers" — young viewers experiencing firsts like love, jobs and more.
Up next for Tom Ascheim's network are Tim Kring drama Beyond, which will debut its entire series online the night of its premiere; the Bella Thorne/Marlene King entry Famous In Love; and Marvel's Cloak and Dagger, the latter of which has not yet been cast. Meanwhile, a decision on summer anthology Dead of Summer has not yet been determined.