AMC Decides to Cancel 'Rubicon' Although It's Not 'Easy'

November 12, 2010 02:47:14 GMT

The complex drama thriller cannot survive beyond the first season, not only because it is rating-challenged but also because 'The Walking Dead' is the network's new darling.

AMC Decides to Cancel 'Rubicon' Although It's Not 'Easy'
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For the first time AMC does not renew a freshman series beyond the first season. "Rubicon", a conspiracy thriller starring James Badge Dale, falls victim to this move, which was announced on Thursday, November 11.

AMC had such confidence in series like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" when they first aired that they were instantly renewed. In fact, the network ordered a second season of "The Walking Dead" after only three episodes into the first season. Apparently "Rubicon" had to wait almost a month after it completed its debut season in October.

AMC calls this a tough decision. In a statement the network said, " 'Rubicon' gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we're proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented, dedicated team."

There are several factors that can contribute to the cancellation of the series. First of all, its highly-praised pilot was followed by slower-in-pace episodes. This resulted in a rating which can't go far above 1 million per week. Although "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" did similarly rating-wise in their first season, AMC still gave it a chance to grow.

This leads to the speculation that the "Walking Dead" effect is the biggest factor. The zombie series scored the best rating for a premiere in the network's history back on October 31. Beside setting the bar higher, "Walking Dead" may take a large sum of money from AMC's pocket for its production, not to mention the cost for new seasons of "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad".


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posted by cyclomarco on Nov 23, 2010
I was very taken with Rubicon. While I remain devoted to Mad men and more from AMC, one can't help but notice that after what may have been a fast rise to the very best of what tv has to offer, AMC just may have to guard itself against the temptation to want to please everyone end up pleasing no one. Slow is good when it is as rich as Rubicon was. I hope this is not the beginning of AMC's demise. Best wishes. C
posted by Lynne on Nov 22, 2010
One of my favorite shows on TV. You can't be serious?
posted by mr pajama pudding on Nov 18, 2010
the slow burn that was Rubicon was made for intelligent viewers who enjoy slowly unfolding story arcs plots. Nothing was ever wrapped up within an edpisode. Despite the silliness of the way the analysts madly scribbled connections on random pieces of paper (sometimes hysterically overdone) I loved Rubicon. It was sombre, thought provoking and never shouted "THIS IS THE PLOT!", "THIS IS SOME ACTION TO PLEASE MORONIC VIEWERS!", "THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP!" at me. Unlike most series nowadays, the characters werent spending most of their dialog explaining the plot so that average morons could understand what was happening. I liked the fact I could figure things out myself. That said, once the conspiracy was fully identified, where could the series go?
posted by blondnfl on Nov 12, 2010
Relly loved Rubicon. Enjoyed it very much. Please reconsider:)
posted by excaliburlv on Nov 12, 2010
Rubicon was an acquired taste. Unfortunately I acquired it so I am not happy about its cancellation. Everything good cannot be a ratings hit and it seems the longer a good show is on the worse it gets. Mad Men is an example. Each year it gets closer to what is shown on the major networks which makes it a lesser show,
posted by dumdown on Nov 12, 2010
I really like Rubicon, I looked forward to 2 good shows in a row. Having Mad afterwards. It can be a little hard to follow at times. More a thing Mans show. Hate to see it go.Alon with that show one of favorite Cable networks G4 got taken of Directv. That makes it a double Pisser
posted by momone on Nov 12, 2010
My husband and I have enjoyed this show and wish the network would reconsider
posted by donsolo on Nov 12, 2010
Commercial television hasn't had such a thought provoking show as Rubicon in years. AMC will eventually regret their. decision. Mad Men took a season to get it's legs and for AMC to cancell Rubicon is clearly "short sighted" on their part. In the meantime those of us that struggle sifting through the bland, cookie cutter stupidity offered on commercial TV just simply must carry on. I certainly don't hold out any hope that another network will pick it up.
posted by johnsonha on Nov 12, 2010
This is the worst decision that AMC has made. Rubicon is a wonderful show and I was looking foward to the next seson to see where it lead. This is the only show for the thinking viewer, what a great loss. What are you thinking AMC?

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