The Riches: FX Officially Cancels Drama, No Season Three

IMAGEAfter months of speculation, FX has finally put rumors of The Riches’ cancellation to rest. The show is over.

The Riches debuted on March 12, 2007 on FX. The TV series follows a pair of Irish con artists and their children who assume the identities of a wealthy family who has died in a car crash. The show stars Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver in the roles of Wayne and Dahlia Malloy.

The series debuted to 3.8 million viewers and 1.9 rating/5 share in the desirable demographic. The numbers fell during the 13 episode season but FX still renewed it for a second year. The numbers fell significantly in season two and The Riches lost almost 50% of its 18-49 viewers.

For those that did watch, they only got to see a shortened season because of the writers strike. Only seven of the 13 planned episodes were produced and ended with storylines unresolved. It was hoped that the remaining six would be added to the order for season three but that won’t happen now.

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Though the season two ratings didn’t warrant a renewal, FX was hesitant to cancel the series. Riches was a hit with critics and Driver received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Ultimately, as is usually the case, it came down to economics and resources. Things weren’t likely helped by the fact that neither Izzard or Driver were available to return to production any time soon. Izzard is booked for two movies and has a busy stand up schedule that keeps him touring. Driver recently gave birth to her first child.

After months of waiting, actor Todd Stashwick (Dahlia’s cousin Dale on the series) broke the cancellation news to fans on Thursday. The network made the official announcement a few days later.

In a perfect world, a final episode or movie would be filmed to wrap up the series’ cliffhanger. Based on the show’s ratings, that seems unlikely to happen. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Jane says

    When I saw the final episode I didn’t know that it wasn’t intended to be the final episode. Given the circumstances, where it ended is not so bad. It was on an upbeat note and I could imagine all kinds of happy outcomes for the storyline. But I’m also one who doesn’t like goodbyes.

  2. says

    wish I had read the reviews and saw it would be left with cliffhangers like this. There is such **** on TV that stations continue to renew like reality shows and talent-less idiots making careers while talented actors get walked on like this. Then again if the public cannot support good TV but give ratings and locality to crap then its all that we are left with.

  3. Kristina says

    It’s hard to believe that the show got such low ratings. I think it’s great. I’m still on the first season but I’m hooked. Sucks that the second season is going to leave cliff hangers.

  4. LP says

    I would love to see more of the Riches.
    I love this series; it would be great to see many more series.
    Net flicks please consider picking up this series. I think you would do wonders. Netflix has done amazing job on Orage is the new black, am Wentworth. I can just imagine the great spin the can do with this show.

  5. JudyLynn says

    I loved this show!! Maybe , Netflix can pick it up and create a new season for all the stories that were left just hanging. Have to know what happens to the 13 million $ deal. Does Dahlia ever get off the drugs? The Kids, Nina, Dale …the list goes on and on. Great acting. I have nothing to watch now. Any suggestions? because the shows on today stink!!

  6. Leese says

    I cannot believe they cancelled this show in the middle of Season 2. It was a good story and was a bit much at times with so much going on, especially in Season 2, but then got back on track, for me, anyway, and now no resolution. I just finished watching Season 2, Episode 3 and am stuck wondering how it would have ended and disappointed they cannot show the rest of the Episodes as planned. What a bummer.

  7. joe c says

    Just finished the second season….netflix should just pull the second season. Having it on is like a practical joke.

  8. brad says

    I agree we dont have any good shows on Tv anymore, Wings ended when i was a teen then friends. This had a great story line, actors and was great to watch! Bring it back one way or another and i am sure the viewer ratings would be threw the roof!!

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