While it has been pretty much assumed for some time, ABC finally officially announced that Summer series The Whispers has been cancelled. The show seemed to have the odds against it before it even aired, as it was pushed from a mid-season start last year to a Summer run. By all appearances, ABC had given up on it and was apparently dumping it off to Summer for a burn-off run. But then a slight jolt to their plans occurred when the show bowed to very good numbers for that typically low-viewership time of year. It sustained those for several weeks, but then its ratings started to taper off and by the time the show wrapped up in August it seemed surely on its way out. The network had already let the actors’ contracts lapse at the end of June, and that appeared to put the show’s future in question. And the fact that no word on its fate came as its season wrapped up seemed to assure that ABC was done with it. The Whispers did stir up some early buzz among the fan community during its first month, but that appeared to fade quickly and I haven’t seen much in the way of efforts to convince ABC to give the show a second season.
This one joins a long list of Summer sci fi /fantasy shows that got the ax (more on that at this link), though we are still waiting for word on a few more like FOX’s Wayward Pines and Golan the Insatiable. Keep an eye on this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for any breaking news because I expect to hear word on these shows over the next week or so.