Well, I just got the news and the news ain’t good.
CBS have made their decision and Eleventh Hour isn’t getting a second season. We had the numbers, we had great fans, we had a cracking set of new stories ready to go, but the show isn’t being picked up.
This is a message for everyone who’s made a comment or written in or otherwise made their feelings known.
I want to give my thanks to everyone who was a part of the renewal campaign, and to everyone who showed their support in other ways, and to every one of over twelve million people who made time every week to watch the show. And thanks to Rufus and Marley and Omar and Cyrus and Ethan and everyone whose names you may not know but who came together and met the challenge of making big science thrillers work.
Because of the so-called CBS “cone of silence” during scheduling, there really was no way of knowing which way it would go. But I began to get a sense of it in the last few days, when other shows were getting calls over one detail or another and we were getting nothing. Even so, you don’t give up hope; but as the suspense grew and grew I was beginning to get an inkling of how Richard Harris felt in A Man Called Horse.
(You should know what I mean. The scene where they test him by hanging him up by… well, you either know it or you don’t)
Usually what happens at this point is that the creator starts talking about keeping it all together and making a movie. I’m not going to do that. And for one good reason; Eleventh Hour‘s setup and its character set make a purpose-built instrument for telling stories on TV, and TV is where they belong.
I will say this. Don’t worry about me, I’m not out of the game and I have other irons in the fire. My relations with the JBTV and Warner Brothers people are still good. I’m going to communicate with our cast and tell them what I’m telling you now; that if, while I’m working on other stuff and keeping my family fed, I should sniff any opportunity to bring Eleventh Hour and some of those untold stories to your TV, I’ll be on it like a dog.