FX Network is reportedly just saving its Emmy chances when deciding not to officially announce the cancellation.
The latest word on the street is, there's a chance "Damages" will not be renewed for season 4. FX Network reportedly has no plan to extend the drama thriller starring Glenn Close due to the fatal combination of rating erosion and high production cost.
In its report, TV Guide said "where FX is concerned, it really is over for Damages." In addition to hiring big stars, the show is filmed in New York where cost is much higher. In other words, the cancellation, which is not yet officially announced by the network, is purely for business and not creative reason.
There's a discussion that FX has not formally announced its decision whether to pick up or cancel the show because it may hurt its Emmy chances. Some people tend to give sympathy vote for canceled show, which may not be beneficial for the ratings eventually. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees this Thursday, July 8 at 5.30 A.M.