Steven Spielberg‘s hospital drama ‘Red Band Society‘ is to come to an end this year, booted from Fox‘s favour despite pulling in 4.1o million viewers in its opening episode.
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Led by ‘Paradise‘ actress Octavia Spencer, the series will wrap production in mid-December after Fox decided not to ask for any more than the 13 episodes it ordered from its producers.
Quite interestingly, December 3rd will see the show unveil what is believed to be its last ever episode despite being its 10th, seeing fans left to wait and see if its remaining three episodes will ever see the light of day.
Red Band Society has become the latest softly rated new series this fall to be allowed to complete its 13-episode pickup with no back order. NBC did it with comedies Bad Judge and A To Z and drama Constantine, all of which also were left on the air to finish their 13-episode freshman runs in their original slots.
In the cases of Bad Judgeand A to Z, the network closed the door on a second season to make for a dignified cancellation, while leaving the renewal option very much open for Constantine. Red Band Society falls in between, though it appears closer to the NBC comedies, with its chance of coming back considered very slim.
In addition to the low ratings, the drama has had some production issues. At Fox, Red Band Society joins freshman comedyMulaney, which saw its order trimmed with little chance of Season 2. The only new Fox series this fall to get a back order was breakout drama Gotham, which has a full-season, 22-episode pickup.