Those Who Kill: Show Cancellation Difficult for A&E Exec

Those Who Kill TV show canceledAt the recent Television Critics Association press tour, The Hollywood Reporter asked several network executives the same questions. One question was “What was the hardest conversation you’ve had to have in the past year?”

David McKillop, the Executive Vice President and General Manager of A&E Network, responded, “I had to cancel a scripted show [Those Who Kill] that we all believed in. That was the hardest conversation I’ve had to this day because I didn’t understand why it didn’t connect with audiences. That made that conversation that much more difficult.”

The series drew terrible ratings on A&E and was pulled from the cable channel after two episodes. The dramatic thriller was later relaunched on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN). Though the series earned some devoted fans, the ratings got even worse. The finale aired on May 18th and drew just 480,000 viewers.

What do you think? Did you enjoy this series? Why didn’t it catch on? Was it a bad show?

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  1. says

    I just finished today (11/30/14) watching Season One of this show again — for the fourth or fifth time — and wondering why it was cancelled. The show is well-written, well-acted, well-directed, well everything. Every week I waited for the next episode; when the series was pulled after the first two shows, I waited patiently for the show to re-air. Maybe — with people being able to watch shows on their computers, on Amazon, on DVR, the polling methods aren’t working right? There is no explanation that works for me about why this excellent show was cancelled and I will never understand that. Maybe, at some point, the people in power need to trust their sensibilities, instead of the ratings?

  2. Carolyn says

    Sorry this one got away. I really got this show! Theme was more realistic than any other on TV bar none. Too bad ratings are everything. Hope it can come back for a second chance.

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