Original programming is popping up left and right on cable. VH1 even tried its hand at a new original last winter when it premiered Hindsight, a time travel show that features a woman named Becca who is sent back to 1995 to right some of the mistakes she made as a young woman. The show was renewed for a second season back in March, but despite this, VH1 announced over the weekend that Hindsight has been cancelled. It won’t be back for Season 2, after all.
Season 2 was already in the process of casting just a few weeks ago, but the network apparently changed its mind about wanting more of the scripted series. VH1 even gave a statement to EW explaining that while the network wants to continue to produce originals, Hindsight really may not have been the best fit.
Scripted series have been a successful part of VH1’s primetime lineup since 2010 and will continue to be in the future. We love Hindsight and couldn’t be more proud of the series. But in this overcrowded and rapidly changing climate, we need to carve out VH1’s distinct place in the scripted marketplace and deliver the biggest audiences possible for our series. As a result, we’re no longer moving forward with a second season of the show.
Cancellations are regular occurrences on television. In May, the networks often clean house. Numerous shows don’t make it past their first seasons on the networks, and cable shows don’t always fare better. (Case in point: USA’s Complications was cancelled after its first season over the weekend.) However, while cancellations after Season 1 are not uncommon, getting cancelled after getting renewed certainly is. It’s sort of similar to the recent trend of picking up a show to series and then taking the pickup back. Last season, NBC gave Emerald City a 10-episode order, then reneged just a short time later. This season, Emerald City is reportedly back on.
The TV world can be a fickle place, and VH1 isn’t exactly the first place most TV watchers head for original content. Despite the fact that Hindsight was given good reviews, it never managed to encourage a large audience to tune in. Regardless, it was clearly a close call for VH1, since the channel changed original picked it up for Season 2 and then changed its mind. If you do head to the channel for original programming, have no fear. Both the reality parody series Barely Famous and the nude dating reality program Dating Naked have been renewed by the network.
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