Shonda Rhimes’ newest series “The Catch” already got the go signal for season 2, even though it has lower-than-expected ratings.
With the current development involving the two shows, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand, now has five dramas on the pipeline for the network’s 2016-2017 line up.
According to the report, the renewal of the drama, which replaced the timeslot of “How to Get Away With Murder” every Thursday at 10p.m., appeared to be “a bit of surprise” considering that it was “was behind the proverbial eight ball from the start.”
It was noted that “The Catch’s” showrunner and creator, Jennifer Schuur, had a disagreement with Rhimes when it comes to the direction that the show was taking. This is the reason why Allan Heinberg, the famous writer behind “The Grey’s Anatomy, “Gilmore Girls” and “Sex in the City,” was brought in.
Amid such decision, Heinberg was asked to “redevelop” the mystery TV series starring Mireille Enos and Peter Krause after it was already in the domestic and international markets.
Based on gathered data, “The Catch” got an average rating of 1.9 among 18-49 years old followers and only recorded eight million total viewers including DVR since it premiered in March, something which reportedly made the ABC insiders “unhappy” about.
With the said reported scenario, the renewal announcement appeared to be unexpected.
As with the inclusion of “Still Star-Crossed,” a series that picks up from where “Romeo & Juliet” ended, in the list of upcoming ABC shows, the report dished that the team just wrapped up its production in Spain.
The drama, based on the book by Melinda Taub, will tackle “treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances.”
Meanwhile, Variety bared that the first season of “The Catch” only had an average rating of 1.6 in adults 18-49 and got the interest of just 7.2 million viewers, based on Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates.
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