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Rubicon: AMC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

RubiconAMC has decided to cancel Rubicon after one season of 13 episodes.

Billed as a conspiracy thriller, Rubicon is set in a government intelligence agency where nothing is as it seems. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges, Arliss Howard, and Miranda Richardson.

The TV show was previewed back in June and attracted a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.07 million viewers. When the series officially kicked off in August, the demo dropped to a 0.3 rating with 1.9 million viewers. The demo dropped to a 0.2 after that and the whole season averaged a 0.3 rating and 1.25 million viewers.

That wasn’t enough for AMC to want a second season and the cable channel has now cancelled the series.

Of the cancellation decision, AMC released the following statement, “Rubicon’ gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we’re proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team.”

The 13th and final episode of Rubicon aired on October 17th.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear that it’s been cancelled? What would you liked to have seen in season two?

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BevMims December 3, 2011 at 7:33 pm

AMC toatally missed an opportunity with this show. Character depth, intelligent plot, with a cast that wasn’t over-saturated. What were they thinking? There’s nothing on television now that has that kind of formula!


Nick E. November 23, 2011 at 3:12 pm

This show was great. It started off slow but grew into an amazing story. I can’t believe they cancelled it…..


Virginia Roth November 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Damn! Really??? Have been keeping an eye out …looking for the season premier date…JUST found out AMC cancelled Rubicon! What a disappointment! These TV execs sure are “out-of-touch” with the REAL WORLD! RUBICON was fresh, unique, interesting and addictive… AT LEAST you guys could show one or two LAST episodes that wraps up things…


Kat November 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Glad to see another fan of the show! I really think AMC misstepped with this one. Sure, it wasn’t a huge “ratings winner” like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, or The Walking Dead, but does that mean something this unique deserved to be cancelled after 13 short episodes? Especially on a network that supposedly prides itself on quality? Jeesh.


Bev October 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm

We both loved this series. We will miss it.


IGOR October 28, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Well, the show was good but could have been much better! It really started off great but got more and more disappointing throughout the episodes. They should have rounded it up better towards the end. And if you think about it, during the whole duration of the series, nothing happens, EVER, all these episodes for NOTHING, except for two men dying in the first episode and a woman dying on the last! And OK, the harbor explosion. What really annoyed me the most was wasting time with pointless background stories in the finale when all we wanted to know and see was what (very) stupid Will Travers (who did not have the brains to pick up the CD for which Katherine lost her life) was going to do to get us closer to the story’s conclusion. On the last episode, we assume that the secret society voted for terminating Spangler but then, NOTHING. A bit of mystery is good but to leave an audience with only questions after a spin of 13 episodes is just pointless, it only means that it is the type of series that will raise more questions than give answers and after a while, it’s just boring and even annoying. No wonder the show was cancelled. I mean come on, remember the final scene on the roof, 13 episodes (a whole series) and not one hard proof??? The best the main character can do is tell his devilish boss that HE KNOWS?????? He knows but he can do anything about it except, of course, WRITNG A REPORT?????? Everybody needn’t be Jack Bauer I get it but COME OOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!
I usually love this kind of slow paced political thrillers but there ought to be something to bite on. Watching this series, it felt, after a while, that the writers were only finding ways of stalling to postpone as much as possible the final conclusion.
To be fair, the whole story arc was great and very smart, I loved it but it leads us nowhere and that’s the big pity.


Kat November 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I think the arc was going to be continued next season (so it’s too bad they didn’t have another). The only thing it led to in Season 1 was that the boss guy and the main character knew that each other knew what was going on (and I think they implied the boss guy was going to be killed). What was going to happen next was going to be so interesting. And on the topic of interesting, I LOVE that virtually nothing happens in the course of this series but them manage to make it so damn interesting despite that.


Kat November 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

*they manage to make it so damn interesting despite that.


Teri October 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I have been waiting for season two, it seems, in vain! Why is it that such a rich story line, made to come alive with excellent actors filling the roles gets axed while empty headed shows with canned laughter and predictable episodes live long in tv land? AMC, please give us RUBICON for another season!


Kat October 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I miss Rubicon, too! Its quiet, thoughtful approach to television was just my cup of tea.


mike October 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I hope you change your minds we enjoy the show so munch mike


Scott October 1, 2011 at 2:57 pm



Andy September 30, 2011 at 8:06 am

Very disappointing. This was a smart, sophisticated gem in a sea of bland porridge – I would love to see it resurrected somewhere. Its a sad harbinger, when even one of the “cable” channels gives up on what is clearly a excellent show due audience. I fear it won’t be that long where we will lose that artistic and content independence from stations like AMC


SEM September 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

I really liked this show. Maybe it was Badge Dale coming off of The Pacific. Stupid people watch mindless garbage like Dancing With The Stars and Jersey Shore. They do not have the brain function to watch a good show like this. I am really mad about it for sure.


Sam September 21, 2011 at 6:38 am

I LOVED this show!
I was so looking forward to the second season.

This has really bummed me out :(


Cuchu Petas September 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

felt the government steps in the dunce with this series, just as corrupt bone that other governments

this stuff suck


Stacy September 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I think this was one of the best T.V. Series ever and I am sad to see it was cancelled. It was unique and well done; full of intrigue and excellent actors. This is a shame.


Kat September 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Agreed; I thought it was so intelligent and thought-provoking, not to mention well-acted! I loved it! Sigh.


Frieda September 18, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Loved the show, my husband and I have been waiting for the new season. Really sad that it is not going to be renewed. We were looking forward to learning more about the main characters.


So Disappointed II September 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Like so many other fans such as Chris and Steve, I too have been waiting all year for this show to return! What a terrible decision! Hope that AMC reconsiders and brings it back for a second season.

Please pass the word to AMC! Give Rubicon another try!


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