Second Chance has already attracted unwanted attention from the Cancellation Reaper, after its episode order was cut months before launch – a move that is often precursor to cancellation.
However, in an interview with EW, producers Howard Gordon and Rand Ravich insist that the decision to cut the order from 13 to 11 episodes was their choice:
Because the episode order was trimmed before the show even debuted, Second Chance already has a notch against it in viewers’ eyes. What do you say to them?
GORDON: First of all they’re spending money on reshoots, which is great. You don’t do that for [a show you don’t believe in], but it’s also put right after American Idol. We got the Empire slot. There is not a better slot on Fox, so if that’s not a show of faith. … It really is a scheduling issue. They offered us 13 [episodes]. They said, “Do 13, but we only have 11 continuously.” For storytelling purposes we said, “So, then let’s not do it.”
RAVICH: You have these two freaky little episodes hanging out there, what do you do with them?
GORDON: We begged them—
RAVICH: To reduce the order.
GORDON: We said, “Please, then give us a two-parter.” They couldn’t give us a two-parter for that reason and we said, “Fine.” It was our choice to cut the order.
RAVICH: It was our choice to tell the story in the way it should be told and not have these two little episodes hanging out there that had no meaning.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of Second Chance Season 2…