After just eight aired episodes, Fox has called it quits on Red Band Society, the Octavia Spencer hospital dramedy about a group of teenage patients. Production will stop after 13 episodes, which leaves Red Band Society effectively cancelled. Nothing is official, but the writing is on the wall.
Despite very positive reviews by critics, including mine when it first aired, the ratings were never high enough to guarantee Red Band Society a full season. Last week, Red Band Society scored a 0.9 with the 18-49 demographic and just 2.9 million viewers overall.
Filming will wrap after the 13th episode next month, but only two more episodes will air, one tonight and one next week. The three other episodes might be shown later on if schedule permits, or they might take it down the Selfie route and air it online later.
It could still be possible for them to get a second season, but it is highly unlikely. The fandom, though strong and dedicated, isn’t large enough to sway the decision, although many have taken to Twitter and started a hashtag campaign called #SaveRedBandSociety.
A dramedy set in a Los Angeles hospital’s pediatric ward, where teen patients deal with life-threatening illnesses and bond over their experiences. A remake of the Spanish series “Polseres vermelles.”
NBC decided to end Constantine‘s first season after just 13 episodes, as well, although showrunner Daniel Cerone insists it hasn’t been canceled.
— Daniel Cerone (@DanielVCerone) November 25, 2014
The odds aren’t looking good for Fox’s Mulaney, either.