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‘Chance,’ Starring Hugh Laurie, Canceled at Hulu

The drama, picked up with a two-season order, hailed from Fox 21 Television Studios and will not return for a third cycle.

Chance has seen its last day at Hulu.

The streaming outlet has canceled its Hugh Laurie drama Chance after a two-season run.

The drama, produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, was picked up straight-to-series and landed at Hulu with a two-season order after a multiple-network bidding war. The drama marked the series regular return for Laurie after his eight-season run on House ended in 2012. The 20-episode drama was based on the novel of the same from Kem Nunn. The psychological thriller had Laurie again playing a doctor, this time a forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

Nunn exec produced the 20-episode series with Michael London, Brian Grazer, Laurie and Lenny Abrahamson (Room), who also directed multiple episodes. Alexandra Cunningham (Desperate Housewives) exec produced and served as showrunner.

Hulu, like fellow streamers Amazon and Netflix, does not release ratings information. The series has an 81 percent rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 87 percent score among viewers. THR chief TV critic Tim Goodman called the show a “poster series” for the Peak TV explosion of originals, writing a column after the second-season finale (and now series finale) that the series got lost in the landscape of 487 scripted originals in 2017.

The decision to cancel Chance comes as Hulu is fresh off its first Emmy win for best drama series for The Handmaid’s Tale. The streamer has a full slate of originals that also include recently renewed drama Runaways and comedy Future Man. Next up this year are Beau Willimon’s ambitious space drama The First, starring Sean Penn, limited series The Looming Tower, Universal Television-produced The Path and Stephen King/J.J. Abrams anthology Castle Rock, among others. Hulu has started to better curate its scripted originals, having recently wrapped The Mindy Project, canceled Billy Eichner comedy Difficult People after three seasons and set the fourth and final season of Casual for this year.


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