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?