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Black Box: Has the ABC TV Show Been Cancelled?

Black Box TV show canceled or season two?ABC recently cancelled several shows (Mixology, Suburgatory, Betrayal, etc.) and renewed many others (Resurrection, Revenge, The Goldbergs, etc.). What about the new Black Box series that airs on Thursday nights?

The show revolves around a beautiful and brilliant neuroscientist (Kelly Reilly) who’s hiding the fact that she’s bipolar. The rest of the cast includes Ditch Davey, David Ajala, Terry Kinney, Ali Wong, David Chisum, Laura Fraser, Siobhan Williams, and Vanessa Redgrave.

The show debuted on April 24th to a poor 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.87 million viewers. The ratings have gotten even worse as the weeks have progressed. This week’s installment hit a new low with a 1.1 rating and 4.31 million.

While ABC hasn’t cancelled Black Box, they surely will. The ratings have just been too low to be renewed for a second season.

The question now is, “Will all of the episodes air?” There are nine episodes remaining. If the ratings keep going down, the network could easily pull the show and replace it with reruns. Hopefully they’ll either air or release them so the show’s small audience can see them.

What do you think? Do you think that Black Box should be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Do you think ABC should air all of the episodes they have?


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linda seiffert December 17, 2014 at 4:41 am

i cannot believe this show got cancelled/ it was by far one of my very favorite shows…i am sooo bummed….don’t look forward to too much tv but always looked forward to this show…wow….give it a chance!!!!!


Anonymous December 14, 2014 at 12:08 am

I am severely disappointed that the black box was cancelled. I know several people who are bipolar, and are successful, and am glad to see the struggles people deal with shared with the public. Very disappointed!!! I also had a bipolar, schizophrenic,manic depressive boyfriend.
I could probably write a book or do a movie with my life.


Annalee Gruber December 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I really enjoyed the show and I think it should be renewed it was smart and talked a lot about mental illness and what can be done my brother was schizophrenic and nobody understood it 40 years ago and it’s a really good show I don’t know how it got cancelled and something like that thinks farting is funny stays on I guess the farting people are just louder speakers than people who just enjoy good television


Marianne Walters December 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I am so disappointed this wonderful show has been cancelled!! It was one of the few, really intelligent shows put on by ABC. It depicted mental illness in a very realistic way, and the shows lead and other characters were engaging, interesting and so excellently portrayed. This show wasn’t given a real chance, and I truly wish a cable network like Lifetime or a streaming network like Netflix would pick it up, and continue the wonderfully dramatic stories.


Rona Riley December 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I too would like to have it picked up by Lifetime, my fav. channel. How does one write or call Lifetime? Or LMN, they have hour long shows there all the time, which I never watch. Black Box I would watch.



Maria December 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

I really enjoy this show and would hate to see it cancelled. Just the fact that this doctor is successful in her field and mentally ill (Bipolar) makes for a great story. So many Americans suffer from various mental disability and feel that they alone in this battle this show lets us know that you can get help through therapy, medication or spirituality and do everything to lead a normal life. Dr. Black gets off her meds and her inner monster comes out but that happens to non-mentally ill persons as well. I wish there more shows like this one. I also love Homeland.


Melanie December 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I was looking for something good on television tonight and thought I would see when my favorite show was going to come back on….the ONLY show that I watch on this channel. I am confused as to why a realistic, well written, incredibly performed show wold even be considered for cancellation. I suppose because it isn’t a reality show where a bunch of twenty somethings are laying around half naked, drunk, cussing, and making out all of the time they think no one wants to watch it. I am very disappointed to say the least.


Sally Stiles December 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I am 82 years old & I love ‘The Black Box’ TV show….please don’t cancel it!!


Danielle December 4, 2014 at 7:57 am

I cant believe this was canceled! I watched it faithfully and wanted to see what happended. I think it was a great tv show and im extremly disappointed!


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