Whiskey Cavalier Season 2 might just happen on ABC after all. – At least, that’s what one trade is claiming.
While ABC cancelled the series earlier this month, a report from TV Line says that talks are underway between ABC and the show’s production company, Warner Bros. Television, to reevaluate plans for a second season of Whiskey Cavalier. However, said talks were not confirmed by either party.
Of course, the network’s official cancellation of the light-hearted, sexy spy-centric thriller series after a 13-episode inaugural season was an unfortunately underwhelming end to a once-auspicious TV endeavor that had been touted well in advance, having successfully poached The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan from her long main cast tenure on the ratings-sliding, but still-formidable, AMC serial cable titan. However, the early hype also set high standards, and the series – lavishly-produced with characters globe-trotting around the word – was never a ratings juggernaut, with Nielsen citing a season average (with last night season/series finale,) of 3.347 million viewers; not particularly impressive for a series produced on its scale.
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke explained of the Whiskey Cavalier cancellation at the Disney upfront press conference on May 14 (via Deadline).
“It was a tough decision, it was the last decision we made. We thought we gave it very strong launch in spring. But we lost audience. We felt the biggest opportunity was to try something new. We looked for other time slots but did not see a real opportunity to grow.”
The post-cancellation fallout of Whiskey Cavalier yielded plenty of emotional responses from the cast and crew, notably from co-star Scott Foley, who, joined by teary-eyed recurring player Marika Dominczyk, posted an emotional video response to the network’s nixing of the show.
However, executive producer Bill Lawrence, hasn’t given up just yet. Indeed, with the May 22 season/series finale ending on a rather shocking cliffhanger moment for a certain main cast character, a teasing tweet (seen below) was made, seemingly rallying the fans. It’s a moment that feels a lot like the recent situation with NBC’s ratings-challenged, chronologically-crossing adventure series, Timeless, which, after being initially cancelled by the network after its first season, would be miraculously revived – purportedly fueled by fan momentum – earning a second season, and was even allowed to wrap things up properly in a subsequent TV movie conclusion.
One could argue that Whiskey Cavalier did manage to hold steady, since its February 24 series debut banked 4.7 million viewers, and, despite dropping as low as 2.4 million (on the May 8 episode), the season/series finale managed to draw 3.8 million viewers, representing a small premiere-to-finale viewership hemorrhage, and possible audience growth. Indeed, it’s quite possible that this is one aspect that’s being mulled over in the purported talks.
What is certain is that the show’s character chemistry has been solid all-around; a strong reflection of the passion of cast members Lauren Cohan, Scott Foley, (Cohan’s former Walking Dead castmate) Tyler James Williams, Ana Ortiz, Vir Das and Josh Hopkins, all of whom are itching to go for a prospective second season.
We will certainly keep you updated here on the status of Whiskey Cavalier Season 2 (in the event that such a thing is applicable,) as the news arrives!