Say goodbye to Breakout Kings.
Deadline is reporting that A&E is cancelling the show after two seasons of convict chasing fun, after showrunner Matt Olmstead exited to run new NBC drama Chicago Fire. The second season concluded just three weeks ago.
Breakout Kings followed a team of U.S. marshals that enlisted to the help of cons to track down other cons in exchange for reduced prison time. It wasn’t Olmstead’s first foray into prison storytelling, he was a writer and producer on Fox’s Prison Break as well as a writer for NYPD Blue.
This news will undoubtedly be hard for fans of the show to digest, but had a decent run considering the fact that it almost never made it to air in the first place. After being developed for Fox, the network ultimately passed on it. That’s when A&E stepped in and brought the series to life. It had a relatively strong debut, becoming A&E most-watched original drama series for the Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49 demos.
Ultimately, it succumbed to the competitive Sunday night programming landscape. The second season, suffered in this tough environment, declining in its viewership from premiere to finale and was down relative to the first season as well.