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The Whole Truth: ABC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

Whole TruthCourt will soon be adjourned for ABC’s new legal drama. The Whole Truth has been cancelled.

Airing on Wednesday nights, The Whole Truth stars TV veterans Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney. He plays a powerful defense attorney who was raised on the wrong side of the tracks. Tierney is on the opposite side as a Senior Trial Assistant District Attorney whose father was a sheriff. Viewers are shown how each side builds their case, using their own version of “the truth.” The rest of the cast includes Eamonn Walker, Sean Wing, Anthony Ruivivar, and Christine Adams.

For whatever reason, most viewers haven’t been willing to even give the series a try. The legal drama got off to a very poor start right out of the gate. Whole Truth debuted on September 22th to a poor 1. 5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.85 million viewers. The news got even worse in week two and the rating dropped by 20%. The last two episodes seem to have evened off, registering a 1.3 rating and about 4.4 million total viewers.

The Whole Truth’s been ABC’s lowest rated show, attracting an even lower rating than My Generation; another freshman drama that was pulled after just two episodes. Likely because of the caliber of the show’s cast and because it’s being co-produced by Jerry Bruckheimer’s company, ABC has been more patient with it. That doesn’t mean however that they’re going to order any more episodes. ABC has now cancelled The Whole Truth.

Via Twitter, co-executive producer KristieAnne Reed confirmed that the cast and crew will complete the initial 13 episode order but that will be the end. At this point, it’s unclear how many of those will actually air.

TV show supportWhole Truth remains on the schedule this week but will be preempted next week for the In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville interview special. On November 10th, ABC airs the Country Music Awards. Whole Truth is tentatively scheduled to return after that but those plans could certainly change.

Though Whole Truth has been cancelled, there is some positive news for fans of the show. With the news of the cancellation coming this far in advance, producers have time to give the series some closure. The cast and crew are still shooting and are scheduled to continue until mid-December.

What do you think? Should The Whole Truth have been cancelled? Why do you think it didn’t catch on?


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Debbie January 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I was sorry to see this show go. I am fan of both Maura Tierney and Rob Morrow. I have been waiting for it to come back on after the holidays. I just found out it was canceled. Too many reality shows.! Some of them should go.


Debbie January 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I am very disappointed to see the show go. I loved it. I truly hate it when a show isn’t even given a full season to see where it can go. They should have moved the show to a different night and continued it. They have been moving other shows around alot lately for whatever reason and that should happen here too. Give it a chance…the actors are great and it has great potential.


Bob January 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

This show should be given another chance. It was during other shows and should not be canceled but moved to another time. I really enjoyed watching this show, please bring it back.


Frustrated in Toronto January 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I totally agree that this show should not have been cancelled. Unfortunately the networks have gone ahead and cancelled good shows such as this one as well as Outlaw, without first trying them out in a different time slot.


Anonymous January 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I was so disappointed that this show was cancelled. As a mystery book fan it is rare that I find quality TV with the drama -excitement and quality of story line. The thinking part as you await the real truth after the verdict was so well done! Maura was great and the rest of the cast as well-what is wrong with ABC cancelling quality TV -there are many persons that want this kind of show and don’t want reality TV- doesn’t a show like this deserve the full season
and another chance? Please bring it back and let quality show how good this really is!!!!!


Jo Anne January 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I was so upset when the Whole Truth was cancelled-it was an excellent drama-solid acting and I particularly loved (as a mystery book reader) the way the show proceeded after “the verdict”. I agree Made you do a little thinking-which many of the reality shows do not!!!I agree with the previous post-why be loyal to ABC when they don’t even give this show a chance to complete what they have done-big mistake!!!
Quality TV drama is hard to come by and this was quality in my opinion!


Maureen January 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

Can’t believe this show was cancelled. Enjoyed format, actors great especially Maura. What is ABC thinking! Please bring back series. At very least show episodes already completed. Why be loyal to ABC when they pull a series it’s viewers are already invested in.


lillian freedman January 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

This was a classy show and I enjoyed every one I watched. With so much garbage on tv I cannot believe a show with such great stories and endings gets the ax. I know quite a few people who thought it was just being pre-empted over the holidays. I hope another station has the good sense to bring this amazing show to its station.


karen bell January 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

this was a truly creative and entertaining show. The idea that the audience is clued in about the “whole truth” at the end was interesting and unique. People have no taste and I was extremely disappointed that yet another intelligent, classy show got the ax while garbage like the Jersey Shore and every other brainless reality show continues!!


Lynn January 12, 2011 at 9:58 am

I am so bummed that the show is canceled. I fear another reality show is in the wings. Yuk. I wish a cable show would pick them up. Alas, another smart show hits the dust.


Kathy Charpentier January 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I have been looking for this tv show to come back on every week, I did not know it had been cancelled. Finally, a good program and you cancel it, WHY????



Kathy Charpentier January 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

This is one of my favorite shows !!! Please reconsider cancelling it, maybe it should just be moved into a different time slot. I know that if everyone watched this show once, they would be hooked.



Cheryl Wheeler January 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

No the show should not have been cancelled. The show brought a new depth to the legal system and what makes it tick. It was never given a proper chance to display itself because of ABC inability to put in a timeslot that was not constantly preempted. I loved the show especially the relationships between the principle characters, especially Rob Morrow. It was definitely a more three dimensional character. I also loved the leading lady prosecutor. She also showed growth in her characterizations. ABC is sucking hind tit because the powers that be do not know how to schedule show in the appropriate venue. This show should have been slated for either Friday or Saturday in the same time shot, but was never able to find an audience.


Janice Rex January 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

No the show shouldn’t of been canceled. I enjoyed the show and the cast especially Marna Tierney. Did football have anything to do with the ratings. I especially liked the endings. This show gives the true what can happen after the verdict is in.


Jodi January 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I’m so sad it was cancelled. This was my favorite new show. I think it deserves another chance!


jane dargan January 12, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I am so so so disappointed that this show was cancelled. Why are the stupidest shows on but something like this doesn’t make it. I am disgusted with T.V. in general and then this show gets the ax. Just not fair…


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