7:36pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV's 'Eye Candy' Canceled
MTV's freshman drama Eye Candy is one and done.
Leading lady Victoria Justice made the announcement Saturday via Twitter that the freshman drama has been canceled. An MTV representative also confirmed that Eye Candy will not be returning.
"Eye Candy will not be returning for season two," she wrote in an extended post. "Even though a lot of you are going to feel sad/angry, please know that playing Lindy Sampson, is something that I loved and I will hold dear to my heart."
The Viacom-owned cable network picked up the 10-episode drama in February 2014. The series opened in January and averaged 592,000 total viewers during its run.
Eye Candy was developed by Christian Taylor and based on R.L. Stine's (Goosebumps) best-seller. The Victorious alum starred as Lindy, a tech genius who, convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, starts to suspect that one of her mysterious suitors may be a deadly cyber stalker. When her friends at the elusive cyber police uncover a potential serial killer in Manhattan, all signs point to one of Lindy's dates. Teaming with a band of hackers, Lindy works to solve the murders while unleashing her own style of justice on the streets of New York.
Emmy Grinwis penned the script and co-executive produced the drama. Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) exec produced via his Blumhouse Productions banner with Yvonne Bernard and Beth Elise Hawk also serving in the same capacity.
The drama was developed twice, with the initial pilot directed by Catherine Hardwicke completely scrapped and only Justice and Harvey Guillen returning from the original installment.
"Thank you to the amazing fans," Justice wrote after thanking the cast and producers. "I saw all of your WW trends (it might be 23 or 24 to date) and your unflinching support. It's because of all of you that I get to do what I love. I am beyond grateful for that. It made me so happy that you embraced the show the way you did. I was so lucky to have you guys along for the ride, because you made it that much more exciting!"
The decision to cancel the series comes as MTV is poised to present its upfront presentation to Madison Avenue on Tuesday. The network has buzzy drama Scream — based on the feature franchise — set for June as the newest member of its scripted lineup that also includes upcoming big swing Shannara as well as Awkward, Faking It, Finding Carter and Teen Wolf.
On the pilot side, the net currently has comedy Ken Jeong Made Me Do It in the works, with that expected to be picked up to series.