There’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!