CBS has lowered the ax on “Battle Creek,” the high-profile cop drama series that landed a rare straight-to-series commitment from the Eye on the strength of the auspices of David Shore and Vince Gilligan.
Shore also developed a pilot for the Eye, “Sneaky Pete,” that was co-written by Bryan Cranston, but that project isn’t moving forward either, sources said.
Meanwhile, the the rest of CBS’ bubble series are expected to be back, including fledgling comedy “The Odd Couple” and “CSI,” probably with a short order for a 16th and final season. “Hawaii Five-0” had been on the fence but is expected to be back for season six.
“Battle Creek,” from Sony Pictures TV, starred Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters as maverick cops working the mean streets of Battle Creek, Mich. Gilligan wrote the pilot script years ago, and it was revived shortly after “Breaking Bad” ended its run in the fall of 2014, but with Shore as showrunner.
“Battle Creek” for the season to date averaged about 8.1 million viewers — not terrible but not great, with a demo score hovering around a 1.0. Despite the combination of Shore and Gilligan’s clout as uber-producers and the mostly solid reviews, middling ratings were not enough to push it over the hump for a second season despite much internal debate about the show’s merits during the past few days.
The show had a midseason bow in March to date has aired nine of its initial 13-episode order, with the finale scheduled for May 24.