Axed?: Hunted ….but wait, says HBO.

BBC1 has confirmed that Kudos Film and Television’s drama Hunted will not return for a second series.

UK spy thriller, Hunted, starring Melissa George, has been axed by the BBC ahead of its final episode.

The broadcaster has axed the series because it didn’t “find the mainstream audience” the BBC had hoped.

Hunted, which premieres in Australia on SBS ONE next week, began its UK run in October as a potential successor to Spooks with an overnight audience of 3.36m but has since dropped to 2.58m.

The bad news follows terrible headlines for actress Melissa George in Australia, following remarks that she hated coming home and having her Home and Away years constantly referenced in interviews.

”I don’t need credibility from my country any more, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me any more. I’d rather be having a croissant and a little espresso in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City,” she said.

Kudos Films exec producer Stephen Garrett is currently in Australia as a guest of SPAA 2012.

UPDATE: HBO, parent company of co-partner Cinemax, is making plans for a second season after all.

“We are making plans with creator and executive producer Frank Spotnitz and star Melissa George to present a new chapter in the Sam Hunter mythology,” said HBO’s Kary Antholis, in a statement issued to Fairfax overnight.

“We are very pleased with what Hunted has done for Cinemax’s brand and are very excited about what lies ahead,” Antholis said.

Source: BroadcastNow

27 Comments:

  1. As David Knox wrote in his update, there will be a Series 2, just not on BBC One.

    Interestingly, while the story will still be about Sam Hunter, the plot, title and wider story may have to change considerably as, due to there being multiple rights-holders involved, it will be problematic for the show to continue under its current title of ‘Hunted’.

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