The fates of Chuck and Law & Order may still be up in the air, but NBC was definitive about one on-the-fence show at its upfront presentation Monday: Life will not get a third season.
“It will not be coming back,” was NBC co-chairman Ben Silverman’s short and to-the-point statement on the show’s fate, which came in response to a question about it at the network’s upfront presentation in New York Monday. The LA Times and numerous others reported the cancellation.
It’s not a huge surprise. The series, which starred Damian Lewis as eccentric L.A. detective Charlie Crews, averaged only about 6.2 million viewers in its second season, where it split time between Wednesday and Friday nights (along with a brief tryout on Mondays at the beginning of the season).
The show had faded from discussion of NBC’s bubble shows over the past week as reports focused attention on Chuck, Law & Order and Medium — which isn’t officially renewed, despite earlier reports. All three of those shows are reportedly still in contention for spots on the NBC schedule. The network says it will announce additional pickups, along with its lineup for next season, on Tuesday, May 19.