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Taken Officially Canceled At NBC

Taken is no more. According to TVLine, NBC has officially canceled the Clive Standen-starring action series after two seasons.

The Taken series, a prequel to the Liam Neeson film of the same name, starred Standen as Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret and member of an elite team of covert operatives tasked with conducting dangerous rescue missions around the world. The show also starred Jennifer Beals, with Christina Hart, Jessica Camacho, and Adam Goldberg joining in the second season, which saw a major cast overhaul under new showrunner Greg Plageman.

Taken was never a favorite with critics, with the first season earning a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The show was NBC's lowest-rated drama in the key demo, earning an average of 2.8 million total weekly viewers and a 0.4 rating in the key 18 to 49 demo. This is a big drop from its season one numbers, when the show was bringing in 5.1 million total weekly viewers and a 1.0 rating. The only drama below Taken's second season in total viewers was Timeless, which has the benefit of being beloved by critics.

The writing has been on the wall for Taken for awhile now, with the show being shuffled off the schedule earlier this spring. The remaining episodes will be burned off on Saturday nights after May sweeps. The show joins the medical drama The Night Shift and the Jennifer Lopez cop procedural Shades of Blue on the list of shows canceled by NBC this season.

NBC has already handed down renewals to its Chicago series (Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, and Chicago PD), as well as reliable drama performers Blindspot, Law and Order: SVU, Midnight, Texas, This Is Us, and Good Girls. On the comedy side, they have renewed The Good Place, Superstore, Will and Grace, and A.P. Bio. Still waiting to hear back are Timeless, The Blacklist, The Brave, and Rise on the drama side, and Champions, Trial and Error, Marlon, and Great News on the comedy side. (via The Hollywood Reporter)