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Unforgettable is living up to its name.
After being canceled twice at CBS, A&E has revived the drama from Sony Pictures Television for a fourth season consisting of 13 episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The news comes after NBC briefly toyed with the idea of picking up the procedural.
The series about a female detective (Poppy Montgomery) who remembers everything except the day her sister was murdered was canceled after its freshman run on CBS and revived months later for a summer run, where it excelled in a period with reduced ratings expectations.
The series thrived for two seasons during the traditionally lower-rated summer period. CBS canceled the series for a second time in October after its third season as the network expands its summer strategy with louder, more expensive fare like Under the Dome, Extant and James Patterson‘s upcoming Zoo. CBS has effectively signed lucrative second-window deals for all three big-budget series, helping to offset costs and make the shows instantly profitable before they even air.
For A&E, Unforgettable will bulk up its roster of original programming, which includes Carlton Cuse dramas Bates Motel and a reboot of The Returned. The move to add Unforgettable comes as the network recently canceled drama Longmire — only to see the Warner Bros. Television entry revived at Netflix.
For Sony, the Unforgettable renewal continues the studio’s streak of refusing to accept cancellation. The studio revived Community for a sixth and likely final season on Yahoo Screen after NBC canceled the Dan Harmon comedy, and found new life for CBS’ Rules of Engagement and Damages.
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