CBS has officially pulled the plug with medical drama Pure Genius, cancelling the freshman after one 13-episode season. Though the project was highly touted coming out of upfronts, as CBS looked to lock in the services of an in-demand creator for a genre they’ve wanted a breakthrough in for some time, Pure Genius was, as its star recently said, caught between its character stories and procedural structure and didn’t deliver up to its capabilities in either. Once the show was given a capped 13-episode order after struggling in its time slot, the writing was on the wall for its impending cancellation.
Created by Jason Katims (Parenthood), Pure Genius told the story of Silicon Valley billionaire James Bell (Augustus Pew), who partners with a maverick surgeon to create a hospital focused on curing the incurable with cutting-edge technology. Rather than have the hospital focused on typical bureaucracy and medical red tape, Bell wants his latest investment to primarily be about new age solutions to old school problems at no cost to the patient.
In addition to Pew, Pure Genius starred Dermot Mulroney (Enlightened), Odette Annable (The Astronaut Wives Club), Aaron Jennings (Movie 43), Reshma Shetty (Royal Pains), Ward Horton (One Life to Live), and Brenda Song (New Girl).
The series finale of Pure Genius aired Thursday, January 26th at 10:00 on CBS. The network will be revealing its fall 2017 schedule on Wednesday, May 17th.