November 12th, 2010
11:10 AM ET
The political thriller "Rubicon" apparently held little intrigue for AMC viewers. The network announced that it has canceled the series after just one season.
This marks the first AMC original series to get the axe. Both "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" have earned respectable ratings and critical raves while the limited series "The Prisoner" completed its single run, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
So what went wrong with "Rubicon"? According to most critics, it was the espionage series's plodding pace and lack of thrills that made viewers lose patience and resulted in low ratings.
As the Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert put it: "I was a big fan of 'Rubicon' at the beginning, and I admired its ambition to be like a 1970s conspiracy thriller. But I got increasingly frustrated with the scripts as the season progressed. It wasn’t the slow pace that got to me, so much as the stubborn withholding of information and revelation. Unlike movies, TV requires some weekly reward."
Regardless, AMC is pleased with their production.
"'Rubicon' gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we're very proud of the series," the network said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team."
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