ABC Family has cancelled the drama series Chasing Life after two seasons on air. As confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, the network decided to drop the series due to low ratings. On September 28, the series’ second season came to a close with the finale drawing just 486,000 viewers.
Chasing Life was an adaptation of the Televisa Spanish-language Mexican television series Terminales. Actress Italia Ricci starred as Boston journalist, April Carver, whose life is turned upside down when she is diagnosed with cancer. After learning of the series’ fate, Ricci took to Twitter to share the news with a broken heart emoji. Fans of the series have also taken to social media to voice their disappointment.
— Italia Ricci (@italiaricci) October 2, 2015
The series show runner, Patrick Sean Smith, was equally disappointed after seeing the show come to an end with a number of cliffhangers surrounding the drama show’s resident characters, April, Beth (played by Aisha Dee), Brenna (Haley Ramm), Sara (Mary Page Keller), George (Steven Weber) and Natalie (Jessica Meraz).
“With this finale, I wanted to go out as big as possible with as many question marks as possible,” Smith shared. “Any time I ask a question on a show, I typically know what that answer is. There’s a lot to explore in season three, like April’s emotional state and her big decision to end treatment, there’s a lot to explore with Uncle George and the manuscript and the investigation that’s now in play, and then a lot to explore with Brenna and Finn now that Greer is moving back to town, and also what happens with Beth. I mean, everyone’s life is up in the air right now by the end of the second season.”
Chasing Life came from executive producers Smith, Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz, and Aaron Kaplan. The series first debuted on June 10, 2014. In the meantime, ABC Family continues to make several changes in an effort to rebrand with “becomers” in mind, according to THR. As part of the network’s revamp, they have picked up a new comedy series from singer Nicki Minaj, as well as the freshman drama Shadowhunters.
Both shows will join ABC Family’s current line-up of The Fosters, a series about the challenges of a blended family, the sci-fi series Stitchers, Recovery Road, and the long-running series Pretty Little Liars.
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