The writing has been on the wall for months, but Red Band Society been officially cancelled as attempts to keep the show’s faint Season 2 hopes alive with a summer run and the search for a new network have ended in failure.
The hospital comedy-drama will air all of its 13 ordered episodes before moving on to the cancellation graveyard.
Deadline reports the show’s demise:
According to people close to the matter, Fox had conversations with ABC Studios over the past weeks about ways to keep the show alive. While the series’s soft ratings performance pretty much rules it out as a in-season player on a major broadcast network, I hear the network offered a summer run, which comes with a reduced license fee. That economic model is very hard to make work on a high-end series that had been developed and budgeted for a standard network airing, so I hear the studio would not go through with that.
However, I hear ABC Studios executives, who have been passionate about the concept — developing it twice, first at ABC and then at Fox — didn’t throw in the towel and tried shopping the show to other outlets but couldn’t find a new home.