The new tech drama appears to be finished.
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.
11/29/17 at 03:11pm
@Moe: I had to chuckle at that. I am easy to please! I didn't find either show great, but they were watchable for me. I completely understand why people would dislike them though. I watch a VERY wide range of show qualities. Obviously I have to much time on my hands. I was mostly surprised that I found either one watchable at all because I dislike both leads.
11/29/17 at 08:54am
@Suzanne you must be easy to please, because both shows sucked. And not watchable at all. Hence the reason they both got cancelled.
11/28/17 at 11:46pm
Though I didn't like either lead from APB or Wisdom, I did actually like both shows. They were very similar but certainly not identical. They were both perfectly watchable procedural, and I like that kind of thing - especially when I am tired. I thought APB was a little more interesting because they were addressing the "Big Brother" angle. Oh well, another one down. Given that I don't much care who killed Mia, I guess it doesn't matter.
11/28/17 at 02:40pm
I'm happy to see this APB ripoff fail. Piven is the sole reason I refused to watch this garbage.
11/28/17 at 08:02am
First off @Bev This has been seen on TV before FOX already did it and called it APB. That show was the same exact thing. And it was bad. It got cancelled so I don't know how CBS thought this was going to make it.
@John, while I'm no fan of sexual harrasment. I think people are confusing sexual harrasment with actual rape and actual sexual misconduct. So if Pivens accusers aren't talking about actual acts of misconduct then it should have no affect on TV shows in my opinion. With that said. While that may be a factor for this sow I don't think it's the reason. I think the main reason is because the premise sucks and the show sucked.
11/28/17 at 07:08am
Well, as a IT person, I found the premise of the show a little over the top but it is besides the matter as it is fiction. I could tell the days of this series was numbered from the first episode. It is not "latching" The main story, i.e. the murder of the owner's daughter, lost its fizz on the second episode. On the other hand, if CBS is canceling this series on the basis of allegations of Piven's sexual misconduct, it is plain stupid. Once the floodgates are open, if you accidentally hit your hand to someone's breast, it becomes sexual harassment, just because.And it is a pity.
11/28/17 at 07:06am
Piven took a lie detector test administered by one of the big security firms on the west coast, filmed it and made it public and he passed with flying colors proving these claims are lies. And CBS still bows down to the liars and cancels a good show based on fake news.
11/28/17 at 05:51am
Actually Bev APB that was on fox had the same kinda concept an app ppl can use to help police And allegedly pivens was accused by one person and took a lie detector test and passed. But the show is so so not that gr8 and the charcters are annoying
11/27/17 at 07:26pm
It was one of the worse rated new shows on tv.
As for the sexual harassment claims, we'll yea it 9 or 10 women now. Like Clinton or Bush Sr. you start to believe these things are true when so many make the same claim.
11/27/17 at 06:40pm
I like this show !! An unusual concept not seen on TV before !! Give it a chance CBS for other viewers to find it !!
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