‘Monday Mornings’ Canceled

Another one bites the dust.

TNT has canceled its freshman medical drama, Monday Mornings.

The David E. Kelly/Sanjay Gupta was based on Gupta’s novel of the same name, which was released in March 2012 and became a New York Times bestseller. The series premiered on February 4, 2013, after Dallas.

Monday Mornings joins Southland, which was canceled after five seasons, four of which aired on TNT (the first season aired on NBC). The network acknowledged the uniqueness of the series, but also admitted that it had problems drawing an audience.

“We are extremely grateful to executive producers David E. Kelly, Bill D’Elia and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, on whose novel the series was based. They crafted a unique and powerfully moving drama full of memorable situations and characters brought to life by a terrific ensemble cast,” TNT said in a statement. “Unfortunately the show never built its audience enough to warrant its continuation. We wish everyone involved with Monday Mornings the best and hope to work with them again in the future.”

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Monday Mornings followed the lives of five doctors at the fictional Chelsea General Hospital in Portland, Oregon. The title is a reference to the weekly peer-reviewed conferences held on, well, Monday mornings. The series starred Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina, Jamie Bamber, Sarayu Rao, and Jennifer Finnigan.

The season finale on April 8 drew 1.37 million viewers, slightly more than the audience for the series premiere which drew 1.34 million. While those numbers aren’t amazing, they were fairly consistent for all 10 episodes, something that is rare for most shows. Monday Mornings holds a 55 score, which indicates mixed or average reviews, on Metacritic based on 22 reviews.

Along with the cancellation of Monday Mornings and Southland, TNT picked up the unscripted series Inside Job. The Stephen Lambert (Undercover Boss) series follow puts executive job candidates through a unique screening process that is monitored by a company insider. TNT is planning to launch the series in 2014.

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