Another one bites the dust.
Following in the footsteps of other scripted TV series set in South Florida like Dexter and Magic City, A&E announced over the weekend that it would not pick up its crime drama The Glades for a fifth season.
The series hit a season high with the finale of season four last week, but according to Deadline Hollywood, its recent gains in viewership were too little too late.
The cancellation isn't exactly a surprise; despite the upswing at the end of the last season, the show's ratings have declined each year, and Deadline recently reported that a fifth season of the show was unlikely. Even among South Florida audiences, the name The Glades conjures blank stares. It might have been an apt subject for the Saturday Night Live treatment, a la "What Is Burn Notice," -- but so many people wouldn't have heard of the show in the first place that the joke would probably have fallen flat.
That the show never really caught on in the first place is the bigger surprise. The Glades seemed to follow the "crime drama lite" model of detective series -- think Psych or Monk -- that's proven successful on other networks like USA and TNT. It followed cocky homicide detective Jim Longworth as he solved crimes against the always bizarre backdrop of South Florida.
On the upside, that means fans will likely be able to catch its reruns in syndication.
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