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The Deep End: TV Show Officially Cancelled; No Season Two

The Deep EndA mid-season replacement series, The Deep End finished its first season in February after six episodes. Many websites erroneously reported that the show had been officially cancelled. It wasn’t then but it is now.

The Deep End focuses on a handful of first-year associates who work at a top Los Angeles law firm. Those in the cast include Matt Long, Ben Lawson, Tina Majorino, Norbert Leo Butz, Leah Pipes, Billy Zane, Sherri Saum, Clancy Brown, Mehcad Brooks, and Rachelle Lefevre.

The TV show got off to a rocky start in January with a disappointing 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.07 million total viewers. Viewership for subsequent episodes fell even lower by the time the sixth and final episode of the season aired in February.

Though the network refused to say that the TV show was officially cancelled, it looked highly unlikely that the series would return. ABC has now officially cancelled The Deep End so there won’t be a second season.

There is however still an extra episode sitting on ABC’s shelf. Seven installments were produced but only six aired. If the show had come back for season two, episode seven would have been part of it. Now, fans’ best chance of seeing it will be if the series is released on DVD. For now, that’s not in ABC’s plans but the first six episodes are available via Amazon.

What do you think? Are you sorry that The Deep End won’t be back for another round of episodes?


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Ri July 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Give Deep End another chance! It was a great show!! Bring it back!


lendapawtoday June 30, 2010 at 6:41 am

I am TOTALLY disappointed that this show is not going to appear on the fall line up. Six episodes is just not enough — give this show another chance!!!! Very realistic (I work in a law firm). Would like to see ABC reconsider or another network to pick the show up.


Anonymous June 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm

The Deep End was one of the only reasons i watched TV now that its gone there is really nothing good. I probably wont watch ABC anymore either. Thanks I hope you’re happy you lost one more viewer :-)!


Ladyd June 21, 2010 at 11:19 am

This is the show that I looked forward to watching every week. I am really sad that it got cancelled. PLEASE BRING IT BACK! PLEEEEASE.


Anonymous June 17, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Definitely unhappy that The Deep End will not be returning. Loved the show.


TS June 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

It is extremely upsetting. The story lines where easy to follow with characters that were comfortable and believable. It should have not been on the chopping block for dismissal. It is grossly embarrassing for the network to continue shows like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” while “The Deep End” is a meatier piece of quality television. Seven million viewers are just as important as one viewer because the whole purpose of creating quality work is hoping that someone watches it (and someone’s did!). It’s completely sad that the 7 million wasn’t enough to keep it thriving. Not everyone has the short minded attention span that “reality tv” provides, majority of television supporters do love/enjoy to think, explore and expand their minds. Shame on you, ABC!


Marci June 10, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Wow, I am so disappointed, I was really looking forward to this show returning. I really liked all the characters and was really enjoying the show. ABC really bad move


Veronica June 7, 2010 at 9:46 pm

I was hoping for the second season as well, i enjoyed it….Just when they show just a little and take it way…I hope they rethink it and bring it back…I think it just a matter of time slot and day.


Mae June 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I think ABC made a (for lack of better words) DUMB and premature decision in cancelling this show. Six episodes isn’t enough to determine whether or not a one-hour show will thrive, especially when it’s up against other shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. I loved it from the first episode! Just because it didn’t have the largest viewer rating doesn’t mean those who watched it every week didn’t enjoy it. The cast was phenomenal, and the storylines were things that could actually have happend to someone in real life. Poor poor decision ABC.


Desiree June 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm

That sucks! :( I really liked that show and was getting into it! I was so involved w/ each character, how dare you lead me on like that ABC :( gosh!


Katie June 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I’m really upset that this show has been canceled, it was one of my favorites and I followed it very closely. It had such a suspensal plot, I was looking forward to learning more! I feel so let down.


Jessica June 1, 2010 at 6:11 am

I am very disappointed to hear that the show was cancelled and I think that was a bad move on the part of ABC. The show was just starting to catch on, and it had a great cast. I know a lot of people that were eagerly awaiting the shows return.


HB May 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I actually enjoyed this show. So sad it’s gone.


Lucy May 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Yes I wish that the show was continuing. It was a really great show, that hadn’t become as ridiculous as Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice have. The low key but loveable characters and story lines were fantastic. It was a lovely show and I am bummed that it is over!


Chrissy April 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I agree! Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice have become so ridiculous that I had to stop watching them. ABC has a terrible way of cancelling the good shows especially without giving them a chance, like The Deep End. I loved that Shonda Rhimes wasn’t the writer for this, that’s what made it fresh and good!


I don't Believe It May 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

It was a good solid show. I was looking forward to watching the show in the fall of 2010. I just don’t believe this show was cancelled. ABC is not on my good side right now.


Lucy May 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm

In totally agreement!


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