November 27, 2017

Things aren't looking good for new CBS drama Wisdom of the Crowd. Reports are out this afternoon that the network has declined to order any additional episodes of the Jeremy Piven series, essentially indicating that it has been cancelled.

One of three new dramas in the CBS fall lineup, the hour-long show premiered early last month but has not fared overly well at 8:00pm on Sunday nights, regularly losing out to its time slot competition. Critically, reviews were generally not very favorable either, resulting in an overall lack of buzz for the freshman entry.

Making matters worse, Piven was one of the recent high-profile names to be accused of sexual harassment by a past co-star, allegations of which the network stated they were "looking into". Since the news broke late last month, CBS hasn't commented further, though Piven denied the allegations.

Piven stars in the series as a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur who, after the death of his daughter, develops a crowd-sourcing app to help solve her murder using the notion that a million minds are better than one. Known as "Sophe", the online platform uses publicly-shared information that combines the wisdom of a large group of people, which he expands from solving a case personal to him to helping many others that could benefit from the new innovation.

What today's news means is that production on Season 1 of Wisdom of the Crowd will not continue past its original 13-episode order. Four episodes remain in the current season and are expected to air as planned on Sunday nights. As for the prospects of a second season, it does not appear to be a realistic possibility at this point.