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It’s one and done for TNT’s Proof.
The Turner-owned cable network has canceled the Jennifer Beals drama from producer Kyra Sedgwick after one season.
Proof was a procedural centered on a skeptical, hard-science female surgeon (Beals) who struggled with family issues including a tragic death. She investigated cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences and hauntings in a quest to find verifiable proof to answer one of life’s biggest questions: Is death the end or is there something beyond?
Rob Bragin (Greek) penned the pilot and exec produced alongside Sedgwick and her manager, Jill Littman, and producer Tom Jacobson. The drama reunited TNT with Sedgwick following her seven-season run on The Closer. The L Word alum Beals, Matthew Modine and Scandal‘s Joe Morton also starred.
The series debuted in June to 2.7 million total viewers and ended its 10-episode run Aug.18 with 2.1 million. The series just never took off with critics or viewers in a way that matched TNT’s other summer fare (The Last Ship, Rizzoli and Isles, etc.).
TNT, meanwhile, has yet to make a decision on Major Crimes or the Ed Burns drama Public Morals, the latter of which was picked up with Proof. The cable network, under new exec Kevin Reilly, has been looking for edgier fare in a bid to compete with networks like FX. The cabler’s roster of originals also includes Legends, Murder in the First, The Librarians, Agent X and Transporter: The Series. On the pilot side, the company has a reboot of feature Animal Kingdom, the Michelle Dockery drama Good Behavior, Will, Home, among others.
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