Is Second Chance getting a second chance? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producers Howard Gordon and Rand Ravich discussed the status of their sci-fi cop drama.
The series premiered on January 13th.
Second Chance stars Rob Kazinsky as Jimmy Pritchard, an irritable sheriff who is killed at age 75. He gets another chance at life, however, when he’s resurrected as his younger self.
The series went through several changes before its current incarnation. Based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, it was previously titled The Frankenstein Code before being changed to Lookinglass before being changed to Second Chance. Then, in October, FOX cut the episode order from 13 to 11.
In the interview, both Gordon and Ravich addressed the episode cut, saying it has nothing to do with FOX canceling the series early:
First of all they’re spending money on reshoots, which is great. You don’t do that for [a show you don’t believe in], but it’s also put right after American Idol. We got the Empire slot. There is not a better slot on Fox, so if that’s not a show of faith. … It really is a scheduling issue. They offered us 13 [episodes]. They said, “Do 13, but we only have 11 continuously.” For storytelling purposes we said, “So, then let’s not do it.”
Ravich added that it was them who “begged” the network to reduced the episode order so they could better tell the story:
It was our choice to tell the story in the way it should be told and not have these two little episodes hanging out there that had no meaning.”
The premiere of Second Chance did okay in the ratings, receiving about 4.7 million viewers.
What do you think? Did you watch the premiere of Second Chance? Would you continue watching the series?
Just found this show on HULU. Really enjoyed it and would watch a second season gladly.
I think it’s a great show it needs season 2 and more
What a shame … this show was one that should have continued … it was really great!..,watching them again on HULU … yeah!… why is it the ones you can really sink your teeth into get cancelled?…. Thus one was a keeper..
I enjoyed second chance very much and was disappointed to hear it had been cancelled. Why is it when you start enjoying a programme that TV networks cancel.
I wish a cable channel or one of those new online networks takes it over. Would like to see more seasons.
Its getting ridiculous the amount of good shows canceled, I was looking for second chance this year and then when I googled it saw it was cut. The amount of tripe left on air is awful, I say get it on Netflix as TV stations really haven’t a clue. Fans can come in on season 23 if a show is given a chance.
This show very entertaining,and just when you get into it. It now cancel, why even put it on. The show start to get a following, Stop doing this, taking off good show. Leaving the shows nobody wants to see. Foul, just foul
You know i really hate how there alot amazing tv shows that gets canceled but leave all that old crappy tv shows still running even today even more so how most steaming services such as hulu also does the same thing. I first seen second chance back in 2016 although it wasn’t to diffrent in its self it was enough that it could capture your attention to give it a shot and it turn out great and make you hype for the next season or the upcoming episodes. I also agree the cast was really a good pick id paid… Read more »