NBC is not commenting, but I’ve learned it’s now a done deal — low-rated freshman drama American Odyssey is over. I hear the series co-creator/director/executive producer Peter Horton, for whom the globe-spanning thriller had been a passion project, personally called the cast to give them the news.
The decision comes two days after the midseason series aired its season – and now series – finale as the options on the cast expire tonight. The serialized drama starring Anna Friel never took off – launching with a 1.2 in 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers in April, holding onto half of its lead-in from the A.D.: The Bible continues. It quickly slipped under one demo ratings point and then under 0.5 ratings point in Live+same day, with the final couple of episode, including last Sunday’s closer, logging a 0.4 in 18-49. Even before NBC formally pulled the plug by letting the options on the cast expire, star Friel already had been getting interest, including an offer for the lead in the retooled CBS drama pilot Doubt.