Women’s Murder Club: ABC Series Given Another Chance for Survival

Women's Murder ClubThere’s some good news for fans of ABC’s Friday night drama, Women’s Murder Club. It’s not dead yet!

The series premiered on October 12, 2007 to mediocre reviews but good ratings, leading in both total viewership (10.8 million) and adults 18-49. The ratings dropped following the premiere but continued to win its Friday night timeslot. The downside was that its audience skewed older than younger.

Only 10 of 13 ordered episodes of Murder Club were completed due to the writers strike. Once the strike was settled, ABC sent mixed signals about the show’s future. On the one side, they fired three of the drama’s executive producers, indicating that they wanted to make some changes to try to save the series. Days later, the network ordered that the sets be dismantled, almost ensuring the show’s cancellation. Then, according to TV Guide, the destruction was halted as ABC execs rethought their plans and continued to look for a new showrunner.

Thankfully for fans of Murder Club, Robert Nathan — a former co-executive producer and writer for shows like Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, and ER — has taken the job. Because of the change in creative leadership, there may be some changes to the drama but a show spokesperson insists “There are no plans to revamp the series dramatically or shift the emphasis in any way. It remains a procedural focused on the four women leads who partner together to solve crimes.”

Three more episodes will be produced for this season and should kick off in late April. ABC will likely be looking very closely at the performance of the three final episodes before making their final decision in mid-May. Because Women’s Murder Club has been off the air since December, many viewers may have forgotten about it. So, the show has a tough road ahead but it’s certainly not dead yet. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Bill and Charlene says

    We really enjoy this new show and giving us a break from all those useless reality shows. Angie Harmon and the rest of the girls really mesh together. This was probably one of our favorite shows besides Eli Stone which also got cancelled.
    I think the reality shows get more attention because people have shallow lifes and need the drama. I hope the show comes back to stay. We for one love it.
    Bill has read all the books. ABC keep the show going for us folks that love it.

  2. Alex says

    Women’s murder club is one of the best tv shows i have seen in a while…
    Angie Harmon is really beautiful and she and her co-workers put on a great show…
    You cant only look at the ratings in America you have to look all over…
    I really hope ABC come to and make sure that there is more seasons of Womens Murder Club and show them….
    I think canceling it would ruin a lot for me and many more viewers….
    Please keep playing it and produce more….
    Please please please…
    Alex age13

  3. Jean says

    Why was this really good show cancelled? I’m sure they could have found a slot for this show…afterall, there are 7 days in the week. Networks jam Mondays and Wednesdays and leave Friday and Thursday flapping in the wind. The cast was great, the story line was great. Why kill a winner. Networks need to remember the bulk of the money in this country is not with 18 year olds…….Please bring this back… Wait, if ABC doesn’t want it, maybe TNT will buy it…. They have some really great shows on TNT…The Closer for one, Saving Grace for another.. Maybe they could add Ladies Murder Club and have 3 winners!

  4. Jenni says

    Please bring back women’s murder club! I read James Patterson Women’s Murder Club series and thought Angie Harmon was perfect for Lindsay Boxer role. I love how the show focuses on four female leads to solve the murder cases and liked how Lindsay finally found someone she likes (Pete). I don’t live in the States but it seems like the show as on Friday nights in the States- I am sure all the young viewers are out on Friday nights and honestly the show seemed to be for every age group. Please renew the show!

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