NBC has pulled the movie-based drama from its schedule.
April 18, 2018
Taken's days appear to numbered, as NBC has removed all upcoming episodes of the show from its regular schedule, effective immediately. The move comes 11 episodes into the movie-based drama's sophomore run.
Acting as a prequel to the film franchise of the same name, Taken tells the origin story of a younger and hungrier Bryan Mills. Working to overcome a devastating personal tragedy, the former Green Beret finds his way into a career as a CIA operative, allowing him to utilize his very particular and dangerous set of skills.
The series premiered as a mid-season entry last year, garnering modest ratings for the network on Monday nights. Its debut outing earned it a Season 2 pickup with a lengthier run, but a move to Fridays only served to hurt its ratings this time around.
For fans wanting to see how Taken plays out, it is being reported that its remaining five episodes will air on Saturdays beginning May 26.
07/27/18 at 04:15pm
TBH I am not surprised with this one. I watched all of season 1 and I liked it so not surprised when it was renewed for season 2 but I could barely get into this season. It was...a bit wishy washy with me with no direction. Not surprised at all they cancelled this. Shame. I liked first season a lot but 2nd was nothing in comparison.
06/10/18 at 11:01pm
As of June 10th 2018 there have been three more episodes shown. How many were made? Has the network changed its mind after the abrupt cessation of the show at episode 11? I hope this show finds a way to be continued even if it isn't on the original network.
05/27/18 at 02:06pm
You start new shows when other stations are carrying playoffs you expect the shows ratings to rocket you get the low results who up there in the towers thinks this S* up... things on Saturdays that does not help much either people enjoy going out taking family to dinner...I for one if I do go out I tape a show.. but I bet you do not get rating for that do you....well maybe you should try to get your ratings a different way because people are not home and taping shows you are not aware of as well.. Get with the Program**
04/22/18 at 10:18am
I can think of dozens of present shows that, by my measurement ,ought to be cancelled instead of this one. Too bad!
04/21/18 at 01:32am
one of the funniest episodes was season 2 ... sitting in an ambulance in London ... errr since when did the UK have left hand drive ambulances ... the whole episode was full of holes like this ... probably filmed in the back streets of LA ... no forget that, with this shows budget more like detroit (so im told as im in the UK)
04/20/18 at 11:38pm
@Michael JB - I like your comments about supersonic-time-zone-shifting-international-travel (even though I don’t know the specific episode references). More blatant than ever implausibles steadily creep into drama these years. In the season 2 opener I mentioned below, Jennifer was working on stealing the latest facial recogniton technology while Bryan was loose in Mexico. Somehow they got outstanding camera footage at random locations where Bryan was travelling. The big deal facial recognition software seemed superfluous as somehow the secret headquarters gets incredible footage of what’s going on. It’s amazing how good guys and bad guys regularly sneek in and out of buildings and hardened locations (without being detected) whenever it’s needed, but are under full video, as if a video drone is two feet above, whenever it works for the plot. A lot of this stuff we let go, no problem, but too much of it and it becomes a cartoon. Like the supersonic shifts you wrote about. They spend a lot of money making this crap, but I can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t be better, if it was a bit less fantasticat times, with more semi-plausible parts.
04/20/18 at 02:15pm
It's hard enough to find a good show on regular TV. To much fluffy content out there. Thanks to the Network Snowflakes!!!
04/19/18 at 11:51pm
I just watched the first episode of the second season a few days ago and was looking forward to the next 10 episodes. Now that’s a low priority - even though it has a nice fresh beginning. Too bad.
Probably most what I like about it is Clive Standen (Bryan). A tough guy with a good heart, with a lot of motive. Clive looks his part - he could probably handle five men. Many tough guys now fall in the Matt Damon tough guy category - guys of average looking physicality that we are supposed to believe can beat up almost anybody. I’m can make the leap for athletic kick-ass petite women, I just overlook the discrepancy. I’m not going to do it for petite looking men. Clive has the believable look, like Jason, not Jason Damon Bourne, but the real Jason Crank Statham.
I agree with you @Suzanne about the Asha (girlfriend) character. I don’t know if she’s in season 2 yet. The plot with her being spied on and targeted was a tad dumb.
04/19/18 at 10:43pm
The first season was good. The second season was good too with the HUGE EXCEPTION of the science fiction teleportation machine that they never showed. How did the crew get from Washington DC to some former Russian satellite country in a couple of hours? Did anybody notice that it was still daytime in Eastern Europe and in the USA at the same time? In other episodes they also went from DC to Norway and then DC to Indonesia or some place within a super short time. They aren't attached to the US military with their own supersonic jets. Even if they were, the time to get from their base to those other locations would have taken a lot of time just for the preparation time and then the ground transportation time. On commercial planes it takes 24 hours to go from the east coast to Asia. Even with all of this magical travel speed I'll still miss this show.
04/19/18 at 06:22pm
Maybe one of the BETTER networks will pick it up (Can only hope) !
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