President Kirkman has been impeached.
The Kiefer Sutherland-starring series earned strong ratings in its first season, but declined sharply in its second. Still, it was considered a high probability to return, and the Season 2 finale will include multiple cliffhangers. Kiefer Sutherland even said he was confident that the show would return for a third season. But in the end, ABC pulled the plug.
Sutherland starred as Tom Kirkman, a HUD secretary who suddenly became the President after a terror attack on the Capital during the State of the Union. His presidency is beset with crisis after crisis, including the death of his wife Alex (Natascha McElhone, who left to do a Hulu show called The First with Sean Penn). The show had a fair share of behind-the-scenes churn, and went through four showrunners in its two-season run.
During a call with reporters on Tuesday, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said that the show's declining ratings and behind-the-scenes instability were behind the decision to cancel. "Ultimately, we were less confident about the [show's] creative path forward than we were our other shows," she said.
The Season 2 finale will now serve as the series finale. It airs Wednesday, May 16 at 10/9c on ABC.