"Low Winter Sun" has been canceled and it came rather inevitable. AMC decided to cut off the freshman after a streak of low rated episodes. Even the lead-in from finale episodes of hit TV series "Breaking Bad" did not help.
Based on a British miniseries, "Low Winter Sun" stars Mark Strong as a homicide detective in Detroit. It premiered in August to a relatively modest 2.5 million viewers and declined in rating over time, going as low as 0.63 million in October.
"The history of network television,"AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan said last month, "has generally been one in which decisions are made quite rapidly about performance ...so one would see shows get canceled X number of shows into season one, and that's sensible for that business model."
This cancellation marks one of the rare freshman season axing at the network. The 2010 "Rubicon" was the network's only hour-long original drama to get canceled after one season. Fellow crime drama "The Killing" was out after two seasons but it was revived for a third season and was constantly gaining interest to be revived. It is unlikely that "Low Winter Sun" will receive the same treatment.
AMC has had three new dramas in line for 2014. There is Revolutionary War drama "Turn", 1980s computer biz drama "Halt and Catch Fire", and the rumored "Breaking Bad" spin-off "Better Call Saul".