Well, it’s official. FOX has cancelled Thursday night drama Gracepoint after one season. There won’t be a second season on the network but there seems to be a small chance that it could continue elsewhere.
Gracepoint begins when a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach in the small northern California town of Gracepoint. The tragedy and ensuing media frenzy soon turns neighbor against neighbor as the police try to figure out what happened. The cast includes David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Michael Peña, Virginia Kull, Madalyn Horcher, Kendrick Sampson, Nick Nolte, Jacki Weaver, Kevin Rankin, Sarah-Jane Potts, Stephen Louis Grush, Kevin Zegers, Jessica Lucas, and Nikolas Filipovic.
The ratings for Gracepoint started out low and got worse as the season progressed. For whatever reason, many viewers just weren’t interested in the series — despite being assured that the mystery would be solved by the end of the 10 episodes.
With such poor ratings, it’s no surprise that FOX has cancelled the series. TVLine has confirmed it and actually, the network had already quietly told viewers it wasn’t coming back. At the end of a preview, the final episode of the season was called the “series finale.”
While Gracepoint won’t be returning to FOX, showrunner Dan Futterman has hopes that the Shine America production company will find an alternative home for the series. In a recent interview, he said, “You know as much as I do at this point. Shine, there’s been some changes at the company and so I don’t know what the intention is to do with the programming that they’ve got. [Co-showrunner Anya Epstein] and I would love the opportunity, but we don’t know any more than you do.”
What do you think? Would you like to Gracepoint return for a second season? Was FOX justified in cancelling this show? Would you watch season two on another channel?