5:45pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'King & Maxwell' Canceled After One Season on TNT
TNT will not move forward with King & Maxwell.
The Turner-owned cable network has opted to cancel the Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn starrer after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The drama, which opened in June as part of TNT's summer lineup, premiered to a respectable 3.5 million total viewers -- a decent haul but down considerably from its lead-in, Major Crimes. The series did not rank high in the cable network's big roster of summer launches that also included Falling Skies. During the course of its 10-episode season, the series averaged 3.1 million total viewers.
Meanwhile, nearly all of the rest of TNT's summer scripted originals have been picked up for additional seasons save for the lone holdover, Franklin & Bash, which remains on the bubble.
King hailed from CBS Television Studios and Shane Brennan Productions, with NCIS: Los Angeles' Shane Brennan executive producing alongside Karen Spiegel (Absolute Power) and Grant Anderson (Third Watch). The hourlong drama centered on ex-secret service agents.
The news comes a day after TNT ordered Steven Bochco's Murder in the First to series, slotting it for summer 2014 and likely replacing King. The cabler has a roster of originals set to debut starting in December with Frank Darabont's Mob City, which will be joined in 2014 by Michael Bay's The Last Ship and Howard Gordon's Legends.