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It’s the end of the road for The Mysteries of Laura.
Renewed for a second abbreviated 13-episode second season, the Debra Messing cop-mom drama had been a reliable performer for the network despite its status as a critical punching bag. From Warner Bros. Television and prolific producers Berlanti (Blindspot, The Flash, Arrow) and Aaron Kaplan, the series averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 (up 36 percent with DVR) and 8.7 million total viewers (up a soft 26 percent). Not helping the decision was the fact that the modestly rated show hailed from an outside studio in WBTV.
The returns — despite NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt’s affinity for Smash grad Messing — weren’t enough to score a third season. NBC tried its hand with another female-driven procedural — hospital set Heartbeat — in the slot after Laura‘s sophomore run ended, but the freshman drama produced in-house by Universal Television fared worse than the WBTV entry. Both series have now been canceled.
With the cancellation, Berlanti will head into 2016-17 with six shows — the same as this season, as he added The CW’s Riverdale to make up for Laura‘s demise. For his part, Kaplan scored a renewal for CBS’ Life in Pieces and pickup for ABC series The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport.
The fate of NBC’s The Carmichael Show — which remains on the bubble — remains unclear as talks for season two continue through the weekend.
Laura joins fellow canceled dramas at NBC including Game of Silence, Heartbeat, The Player and Heroes Reborn. On the flipside, the network picked up new hourlongs including Taken, Chicago Justice, Timeless, The Blacklist: Redemption and Midnight, Texas.
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