The Mysteries of Laura was one of few brights sports for NBC when it launched in fall 2014. While it has been older-skewing, the series has been a reliable 8 PM anchor to the network’s Wednesday lineup. A consistent utility player, Mysteries of Laura started and ended its 16-episode second season with a 1.2 Live+same day adults 18-49 rating, a season high. It also boasts a recognizable TV star as the lead, Messing, as the lead.
Networks usually like to keep a show like that in their back pocket but NBC is coming off a strong drama pilot season where the network brass liked virtually all of their drama pilots, making shelf space tighter and decisions tougher. Plus, The Mysteries of Laura comes from an outside studio, Warner Bros. TV, so there was no extra incentive for NBC to try and keep it on the air.
Mysteries of Laura, about the brilliant and unorthodox Det. Laura Diamond (Messing) navigating her cases and her twin boys, was developed by Jeff Rake based on a Spanish format. Josh Lucas, Laz Alonso and Janina Gavankar co-starred.
Shortly after the cancellation news broke, Messing posted a note to fans on Twitter:
My dear Diamonds- our story has ended but it was a joyous story to tell. We are all so grateful to you for your love. #DiamondsForever ❤️💋💎
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) May 14, 2016
The Mystery of Laura‘s second season ended with a cliffhanger, with Laura rushing to stop ex-husband Jake’s (Lucas) proposal to another woman but arriving a minute too late.
Here is Rake’s tweet about the cancellation:
A proper thank you would be way too long for Twitter. So, briefly, to the cast, the crew, the writers, the fans, I am so grateful. Truly.
— Jeff Rake (@JPR187) May 14, 2016