TNT is doing some housecleaning today. Along with officially renewing The Librarians, Murder in the First and Major Crimes, the network also has cancelled Legends, Public Morals and Agent X. All three axed shows had been leftovers from the previous regime. Neither had performed particularly well in the ratings, though sophomore Legends starring Sean Bean got some props for improving creatively in Season 2. The other two shows were cancelled after one season.
Along with picking The Librarians, Murder In The First and Major Crimes, along with previously renewed Rizzoli & Isles and The Last Ship, TNT recently picked up two new drama series for next year, Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom, to join straight-to-series The Alienist as the network is tweaking its brand toward edgier fare.
TNT experimented with Ed Burns’ generally well-received period police drama Public Morals, releasing the season on-demand. Burns created, produces, directs and stars as cop Terry Muldoon in the series set in the seedy, gritty streets and the bright, seductive lights of 1960s New York, where the laws on the books seek to curb all kinds of sin and vice. Michael Rapaport and Elizabeth Masucci co-starred.
Thriller Agent X, starring Sharon Stone and Jeff Hephner, largely has been panned by critics but was the strongest ratings-wise among the three canceled series. In the most recent Live+3 weekly ratings, the auctioneer drew 1.7 million viewers vs. 1.1 million for Legends. For comparison, that same week, just-renewed Major Crimes and The Librarians logged 5.4 million and 3.3 million viewers, respectively. The linear L+3 viewership for Public Morals, which finished its run a month and a half ago, had been just under 1 million, though given its mixed distribution model, those numbers don’t provide a full picture of its performance.
Spy thriller Legends, which was completely revamped for Season 2 with a new supporting cast and locations, starred Bean as an undercover FBI agent on the run for a murder he didn’t commit who searches for his true identity. Agent X centered on a top secret agent (Hephner) deployed at the discretion of the Vice President (Sharon Stone).