The holiday weekend got off to a crappy start for both Midnight, Texas and Marlon. NBC cancelled both shows late Friday night, December 21. Merry Christmas! Hopefully they won't be followed by more show names, but the end of the year can be brutal.
So that means this coming Friday's Midnight, Texas Season 2 finale will be a series finale -- at least on NBC. Now we have to see if anyone wants to pick it up later. TVLine reports that NBC's parent company Universal is shopping the show around to other outlets.
Midnight, Texas aired its penultimate episode on the day it was cancelled. Season 2, Episode 9, "Yasss, Queen" will air next Friday, December 28 as the current final episode for the supernatural drama.
NBC is also cancelling Marlon after two seasons. Marlon -- starring and co-created by Marlon Wayans -- finished its second season back in July. Both seasons of the sitcom aired across the summer, but apparently NBC doesn't want it back for another year. Marlon slowly lost viewers in the 18-49 demo in the second season, ending with an average just under 3 million viewers and a 0.6 rating, vs. Season 1's roughly 3.5 million viewers and 1.1 rating. (Not counting DVR use later in the week.)
NBC recently cancelled Timeless for a second time for getting similar ratings. That show got to come back with a two-hour wrap up finale, since Season 2 had ended on a major cliffhanger.
Midnight, Texas fans are especially disappointed to see the series end, but that show was also averaging around 2 million viewers with a 0.4 rating in the big demo. It didn't help that it was moved to Friday nights, but that's the way it goes sometimes. When it was moved again to Friday at 8 p.m., it did reach a season high of 2.4 million viewers.
So it's possible if Midnight, Texas is picked up by (just throwing names out) Syfy, The CW, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, or even HBO if they want another Charlaine Harris series -- and it gets more prominent placement -- it could pick up more fans. (As THR noted, Hulu currently has streaming rights to the series.) Sometimes it's just hard to find shows, and once you do, you have to take the time to get caught up on them. That's hard to do when things bounce around. But it's perfect for binge-watching! Hint, hint.
At least it was reported that Midnight, Texas is being shopped around, and we've seen how much that can help. Just in the past year or so, cancelled shows including Lucifer, The Expanse, Designated Survivor, Last Man Standing, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine all found new homes on other networks. Timeless just ended with a similar hope to continue, since its second season ended on a very open note. That show made our list of 10 cancelled shows from 2018 that we'll really miss ... but hope to not have to miss for long.
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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