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Fox Cancels ‘Houdini and Doyle’

No Second Season for the Low-Rated Period Drama

What we all already knew is now official. Fox has axed freshman drama “Houdini and Doyle.” The 10-episode period drama, which starred Michael Weston (“House”) as master magician Harry Houdini and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) as Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, drew just 2.6 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 when it premiered on Fox on May 2. Those numbers sunk to 1.77 million viewers and a 0.4 in the demo in the now final episode last month.

The series followed Houdini and Doyle as they assisted Scotland Yard detectives in solving inexplicable and possibly supernatural cases. The series was a U.K./Canada Treaty co-production from Big Talk Productions and Shaftesbury in association with Sony Pictures Television, where Shore Z Productions is based. “Houdini and Doyle” premiered on the U.K.’s ITV Encore and Canada’s Global before airing on Fox.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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