Unable to pull a second season out of its hat, the Houdini and Doyle TV show has been cancelled after its first and only season on FOX. The mystery drama series stars Michael Weston as Harry Houdini, Stephen Mangan as Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rebecca Liddiard as Constable Adelaide Stratton. The cast also includes Tim McInnerny, Adam Nagaitis, and Diana Quick. FOX confirmed the Houdini & Doyle cancellation to Deadline, which cites poor ratings as the reason.
In the series, fictionalized versions of real life figures — magician and skeptic Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author and paranormal enthusiast Doyle — investigate unsolved crimes of a seemingly supernatural nature. The show was created by David Hoselton and David N. Titcher. The writing staff also includes: Carl Binder, Melissa R. Byer, Treena Hancock, Josh Brandon, and Nazrin Choudhury.
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The ten episodes which make up Houdini & Doyle, season one, averaged a 0.52 in the 18-49 year old viewer ratings demographic and drew an average total audience size of 2.137 million viewers.
The Houdini & Doyle unintentional TV series finale episode, “The Pall of LaPier,” was written by Hoselton and aired on FOX (and on Global, in Canada) on July 4, 2016. In UK, the series premiered earlier, and ITV aired the finale on May 12th.
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