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USA Cancels Freshman Drama ‘Complications’

USA has cancelled freshman drama “Complications,” Variety has learned. The cabler will not be renewing the Matt Nix-created series for another season.

Complications,” which premiered this past June, stars Jason O’Mara as a suburban ER doctor who winds up killing a street gang member after he rushes to help the victim of a drive-by shooting. His life changes dramatically in the aftermath. Other cast members include Jessica Szohr, Beth Riesgraf and Lauren Stamile.

“Problematic in its depiction of dark-skinned bad guys,” Variety TV critic Brian Lowry wrote in his review,” The 10-episode season … conjures its share of tension, but feels increasingly strained, until it’s finally clear the patient can’t be saved.”

“Complications” fared decently in its first season on USA, where it was paired with returning drama “Graceland.” It averaged a 0.52 rating in adults 18-49, a 0.66 rating in adults 25-54 and 1.9 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-3” estimates. It ranks fifth among the network’s five original summer dramas in adults 18-49 and fourth in both 25-54 and total viewers. But it’s likely the channel didn’t feel it was economically feasible to focus energy on a borderline show — especially given the success of fellow rookie show “Mr. Robot.”

Despite “Complications,” USA is putting a strong focus on its drama slate. Upcoming series include espionage drama “Colony” from Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, which premieres in January, and “Queen of the South,” a thriller set in the world of Mexican drug cartels, which received a series order in May. The cabler also has many drama pilots in the pipeline, including an adaptation of the comic “Brooklyn Animal Control,” plus “Shooter,” which is set to star Ryan Phillippe and is baed on the 2007 Mark Wahlberg movie.

Elizabeth Wagmeister and Rick Kissell contributed to this report.

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