“Alaska Daily” Cancelled After One Season
Following the cancellation of “Big Sky” and “The Company You Keep”, ABC has also cancelled the legal drama series, “Alaska Daily” after one season.
The series comes from the mind of Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) and stars Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald, a fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.
In addition to Swank, “Alaska Daily” stars Jeff Perry as Stanley Cornik, Matt Malloy as Bob Young, Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy, Grace Dove as Rosalind “Roz” Friendly, Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Tovar, Ami Park as Yuna Park and Craig Frank as Austin Teague. Tom McCarthy is creator and executive producer. Hilary Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke, Kyle Hopkins (Anchorage Daily News), Ryan Binkley (Anchorage Daily News) and Peter Elkoff, who will also serve as showrunner, are executive producers on the series.
It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see “Alaska Daily” cancelled, as the show has struggled to get viewers, especially considering it stars an Oscar-winning actor and it had a prime spot on ABC. While the show had a strong debut with around three million viewers watching on ABC, the show after 35 days of viewing across linear and digital platforms in the US, the series debut of “Alaska Daily” skyrocketed to 12.3 million Total Viewers and had a 3.02 rating among Adults 18-49. However, as the show went on, the show’s debuting generally pulled in around two and a half million subscribers each week, though the number of viewers will be much higher, since the show was also available on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in many countries around the world as a Star Original.
With Disney looking to cut costs, it is drastically reducing the amount of general entertainment programming it is creating, to focus on creating a more curated offering. So any show which is underperforming is going to be at risk. It should also be noted that Disney is looking to remove content from its streaming services to save money and is writing off many shows. So if you haven’t already finished watching the show or want to watch it, I’d recommend watching it now, as cancelled shows are becoming at risk of removal.
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