More than a month after showrunner David Hemingson announced ABC had "fully and finally cancelled" Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) and Scott Foley's (Scandal) Whiskey Cavalier, executive producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs) put the final nail in the show's coffin this past weekend. Taking to social media Sunday afternoon, Lawrence wanted fans to know that the show appreciated their effort – but this was one fight they weren't going to win:
#WhiskeyCavalier fans still fighting. We are SO grateful, truly, but the fight is over. Stages are gone, cast has returned to states. RIP 😢
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) June 30, 2019
Here's a look at Hemingson's tweets from late May 2019:
It's incredibly painful to say goodbye to this show and our extraordinary cast, but knowing that we made something you enjoyed – and that I believe will stand the test of time – makes it all worthwhile. (2) pic.twitter.com/gCb0y4gPuJ
— David Hemingson (@DavidHemingson) May 24, 2019
Two days before, Lawrence reassured fans that no matter what happened to the series they would get some resolutions to the season's storylines:
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) May 23, 2019
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke explained why the decision was made at the time – and why the decision took so long to make:
"It was a tough decision, it was the last decision we made We thought we gave it very strong launch in spring. But we lost audience. We felt the biggest opportunity was to try something new. We looked for other time slots but did not see a real opportunity to grow."
Deadline Hollywood reported at the time that the final decision for the one remaining timeslot came down to Whiskey Cavalier and ABC Studios-produced Emergence (turned down by NBC) – Emergence won the day with network executives reportedly looking to "try something new" in that time slot.
Series executive producer Lawrence confirmed the network's decision, with both Cohan and Foley expressing their appreciation to the fans via social media:
#WhiskeyCavalier is unfortunately over. I actually did have an investment in the show and the people. I'm sad. I'm grateful for the chance.
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) May 12, 2019
And to our amazing cast and crew, thank you for bringing this show to life! I love you guys so, so much. – LC ❤️
— Lauren Cohan (@LaurenCohan) May 13, 2019
The series had a bumpy start earlier this year during their winter Television Critics Association (TCA) press event, but the series received a boost when ABC debuted the series following the Academy Awards in February. Even with that start, the ratings began their descent back down to earth. To give some perspective: as of May 9, Whiskey Cavalier's 0.57 average made it the 3rd lowest-rated hour drama (behind The Fix and For the People). While the series' LIVE+ ratings were impressive, the fact that the series was starting from such a low ratings point made the end ratings results less impressive.
WHISKEY CAVALIER — Whiskey Cavalier" is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: "Whiskey Cavalier"), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge (codename: "Fiery Tribune"), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.
Whiskey Cavalier starred Foley as Will Chase, Cohan as Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish, and Vir Das as Jai Datta.
ABC's Whiskey Cavalier stemmed from from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television. Hemingson was writer and executive producer; Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) were executive producers; Peter Atencio was director and executive producer (pilot), and Foley was producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.