AMC just sent Rubicon a four-leaf clover: The critically lauded-but-low-rated conspiracy thriller will not be renewed for a second season, the network announced Thursday.
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gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we're proud of the series," AMC said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team."
The series told the story of intelligence analyst Will Travers (James Badge Dale
), who discovers a pattern in several large newspapers. After some digging, he learns that his employer is part of a group that uses intelligence to manipulate world events for profit.
The cancellation is not completely unexpected: The show averaged a meager 1.26 million viewers over its 13-episode run. Season 1 ended with Will confronting his boss/nemesis, even though he didn't have enough hard proof to take him down.
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"I just don't believe in wrapping it up that simply," executive producer Henry Bromell
told TVGuide.com of the open-ended finale. "It's not interesting drama. It's a little more conventional, a little easier. ... The truth is, that it's not that easy to stop the bad guys."Rubicon
was AMC's third original series following the Emmy-winning successes of Mad Men
and Breaking Bad
, which have been renewed for fifth and fourth seasons, respectively.
On Halloween, AMC launched The Walking Dead
, an apocalyptic zombie drama based on Robert Kirkman's beloved comic book series. The premiere drew 5.3 million viewers
, the network's largest audience ever for an original program. AMC has since ordered a 13-episode second season.
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