Variety has learned that ABC has decided to cancel three drama series: “Alaska Daily,” “Big Sky,” and “The Company You Keep.”
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In the series “Alaska Daily,” Hilary Swank played the role of Eileen Fitzgerald, a highly skilled and award-winning investigative journalist. The character Eileen embarked on a journey of personal and professional redemption, leaving her high-profile New York life behind to join a daily metropolitan newspaper in Anchorage.
The cast of “Alaska Daily” also featured 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.
McCarthy held the roles of creator and executive producer on the show, and he also directed the pilot episode. Swank, Melissa Wells, and Bert Salke served as executive producers alongside Kyle Hopkins and Ryan Binkley from the Anchorage Daily News. Peter Elkoff assumed the position of showrunner and executive producer, with 20th Television as the studio behind the production.
This drama enjoyed a single season run and initially garnered significant attention when ABC announced it in 2021, largely due to the involvement of Oscar-winning talent. Apart from Hilary Swank in the lead role, the series boasted the contributions of fellow Oscar winner Tom McCarthy. Up until the end of April, the show maintained an average viewership of approximately 5.3 million and a 0.4 rating among adults aged 18-49 in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings.
“Big Sky” had a successful three-season run before its eventual cancellation. Season 3, titled “Deadly Trails,” made its debut on the network in September. The show was adapted from the novels of C.J. Box.
The official description of Season 3 reads as follows: “Private investigator Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury), undersheriff Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), and the newly appointed sheriff Beau Arlen (Jensen Ackles) maintained law and order in Helena, Montana, utilizing their exceptional investigative skills. However, their most challenging case unfolded when a local backcountry expedition, led by the charismatic outfitter Sunny Barnes (Reba McEntire), took a perilous turn. In an environment where trust was scarce, and danger lurked around every rugged corner, the trio faced their most formidable mystery yet.”
The cast for this season also included Dedee Pfeiffer as Denise Brisbane, Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Tonya Wallis, and J. Anthony Pena as Deputy Mo Poppernak.
“Big Sky: Deadly Trails” was produced with executive producers David E. Kelley, Elwood Reid, and Ross Fineman, with Elwood Reid serving as the show’s runner and an executive producer. The series was a production of 20th Television in partnership with A+E Studios, with 20th Television being a part of Disney Television Studios.
“The Company You Keep” has been officially canceled after completing only one season.
This drama was a prominent addition to ABC’s midseason lineup and marked a significant milestone as it represented Milo Ventimiglia’s first starring television role following “This Is Us.” However, the series faced challenges in attracting a substantial viewership, with each episode averaging fewer than 4 million viewers in the Nielsen Live+7 ratings until the end of April.
Adapted from the format of the Korean Broadcasting System’s “My Fellow Citizens,” the show centered on the professional trajectories of “con man Charlie and undercover CIA officer Emma, who unknowingly find themselves on a collision course.”
Alongside Milo Ventimiglia, the series featured Catherine Haena Kim as Emma, William Fichtner as Leo, Tim Chiou as David, Freda Foh Shen as Grace, James Saito as Joseph, Sarah Wayne Callies as Birdie, Felisha Terrell as Daphne, and Polly Draper as Fran.
The pilot for the series was written by Julia Cohen, who also served as an executive producer and co-showrunner, alongside Phil Klemmer. The executive producer roster included Milo Ventimiglia, Russ Cundiff from DiVide Pictures, Jon M. Chu, and Caitlin Foito from Electric Somewhere, Todd Harthan, and Lindsay Goffman from Gratitude Productions, with Deanna Harris from DiVide acting as a producer. The series was produced by 20th Television.