The Philanthropist: NBC Drama Officially Cancelled

The Philanthropist TV showNBC’s not being very charitable to fans of their summer series, The Philanthropist. The feel-good drama has been cancelled.

The Philanthropist revolves around Teddy Rist (James Purefoy), a once-selfish billionaire who decides to channel his money and power to help those in need. The series also features the talents of Jesse L. Martin, Neve Campbell, Michael Kenneth William, Lindy Booth, Krista Allen, and James Albrecht.

The Philanthropist TV showFor a summer show, the drama did pretty well in the ratings initially. But, as the weeks wore on, the numbers fell off. NBC stuck with it and ran all eight episodes, with the last one airing on August 12th. Though it looked unlikely that the show would be renewed, many viewers have been holding out hope. The network didn’t make an announcement about the show’s fate but they rarely do.

Now, an upcoming DVD release from Universal Studios Home Entertainment has put the chances of the series returning to rest. They’ve announced the upcoming release of The Philanthropist: The Complete Series. The two-disc set will be available on January 5th and will include all eight episodes but unfortunately won’t have any extras.

What do you think? Are you sorry that the show is officially over? Any storylines you would like to have seen?

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  1. Meri says

    I am so bummed they canceled this show! This series played like movies. Didn’t want the episode to end, let alone the whole show!

  2. Enrique Lopez says

    This show sucked and they definitely made the right choice in canceling this disaster of a television show, totally unwatchable. By canceling it after only 8 episodes, I’m obviously not the only one that felt this way.

  3. Ritz says

    I definitely would like to see this show run for at least another season. There aren’t many shows out there about rich people using their wealth to help the needy.

  4. Mary says

    Please have second thoughts! I loved this show! Can’t NBC sell this show to another network that could pick this up?

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