Pure Genius was cancelled MONTHS ago by CBS, with its Season 2 ambitions long turned to ash. But why was the medical drama doomed from the start? According to star Augustus Prew, Pure Genius was “caught between two different shows,” per TVLine:
“If I’m being honest, I think we got caught between two different shows. I think CBS wanted something a little more procedural, and [executive producer] Jason [Katims, of Friday Night Lights/Parenthood fame] wanted something a little more character-driven.”
Further inspecting the show’s carcass while weighing what it could have been in Season 2, he offered:
“I think we fell into the trap of potentially James was not likeable enough, initially — but there was a huge payoff coming down the line, when James learns and becomes a better person. That was the journey we never got to see, unfortunately.
Lamenting the show’s split personality of serial and procedural mindsets, he added:
“CBS and Jason had slightly different visions of what they wanted the show to be, and as a consequence we weren’t enough of either, if that make sense. If it’s going to be a procedural, we should have done a procedural and taken out of the character development. And if it was going to be about these characters and their lives and coming to terms with their own mortality — which is what I wanted the show to be about — we should have pushed that further. It lost its reason to be. I think that’s where we fell down, if I’m looking at it under a new light.”
Are you sad about Pure Genius‘ demise, or is the cancellation reaper welcome to the show?