NBC Pulls ‘Believe’ and ‘Crisis’ from the Schedule – Are They Canceled?

Published 5 months ago by , Updated May 7th, 2014 at 2:23 pm,

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[Update: There are now conflicting reports as to whether the remaining episodes of Believe and Crisis will air.  Scroll down for details.]

In the recent tradition of comedies like The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World, NBC has opted to pull struggling Sunday night dramas Believe and Crisis from the schedule, despite both shows still having multiple unaired episodes remaining.

While this development obviously won’t please either show’s fans, the ultimate fate of both Believe and Crisis has been apparent almost since the beginning. Produced by acclaimed film director Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men, Gravity), Believe debuted to a lot of hype, and large expectations. The 2.6 rating earned by the series premiere even looked pretty promising at first, with NBC rarely rising above a 2.0 for any scripted dramas this season. Unfortunately, critical opinion was decidedly mixed, and episode 2 plummeted to a meager 1.5. The most recent episode to air had fallen all the way to a 1.0.

The Rachael Taylor/Gillian Anderson fronted Crisis did even worse, premiering to a 1.5 and falling to a 1.2 in episode 2. Crisis‘ most recent episode also drew a 1.0. Even on NBC, a show drawing 1.0′s extremely unlikely to get renewed, unless it’s a super cheap to license international co-production like Hannibal or Dracula. The writing for Believe and Crisis has been on the wall for some time, as much as the steady (if small) fanbases of both shows may not have wanted to accept it.

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Believe and Crisis fans will get no grace period for accepting this new reality, as neither show is expected back anytime soon, if ever. NBC’s much promoted Rosemary’s Baby miniseries was already scheduled to occupy this Sunday’s lineup, and next weekend’s previously scheduled episodes of Believe and Crisis have been replaced by a Women of SNL special. To add insult to injury, the aforementioned special isn’t even new. The fact that NBC opted to air a rerun instead of new installments of Believe and Crisis during the all-important May sweeps period demonstrates just how little confidence the network has in either show.

While it’s true that Believe and Crisis haven’t been officially canceled, a network doesn’t pull a freshman series from the schedule if there’s any real hope for that series getting picked up for another year. NBC will likely wait to formally drop the axe until next week’s upfront presentation, before the fall schedule is revealed.

Believe still has four unaired episodes in the can, and ended on a major plot development that will probably never be resolved. Crisis has five episodes unaired waiting in the wings, and will also likely never give its fans closure on the titular high stakes incident. It’s decisions like these that lead to many viewers choosing to wait until a second season has been ordered before bothering with a new serialized drama. Hopefully fans at least get a DVD or Netflix release of the missing episodes.

UPDATE: There is now conflicting information going around, as some credible sources are saying that the remaining episodes of Believe and Crisis aren’t currently scheduled to  air, while other equally credible sources are saying that both shows will return to NBC on Sunday, May 25. NBC has yet to officially clarify things either.

The NBC.com website currently says Believe returns on the 25th, while Crisis returns on the 18th. That can’t be entirely true though, as the specific day both shows have been pulled in favor of Women of SNL is Sunday the 18th. Unfortunately, being pulled for sweeps still effectively means Believe and Crisis are as good as canceled, whether they air their remaining episodes or not.

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Believe and Crisis have both been pulled from NBC’s schedule, effective immediately.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sign the petition to save Believe and Crisis! https://www.change.org/petitions/nbc-save-nbc-s-believe-and-crisis

    I was shocked and soooo disappointed to hear that NBC had cancelled Crisis and Believe! I also enjoyed Revolution, but kind of expected it to be cancelled.

    They deserve a better time slot than Sunday and better advertising! The lead cast for both of these shows are incredible and the plots are so different but in a good way!

  2. I am very upset with the network for pulling “Believe” from its’ schedule. It has truly one of the best shows out there.

  3. Believe was first aired on not a sunday night switching it sunday night was NBC down fall not the show I will never watch a new seires and I agree don’t start watching til season 2 I pray Netflix pickups up the extra episode SHAME ON NBC

  4. I have just realised that Believe will not be aired anymore… I am shocked… I don’t know what people watch nowadays but I feel that I belong to the minority community that watches good programmes instead of silly predictable soaps.

  5. PLEASE DONT CANCEL BELIEVE!!! You’re finally getting a middle aged audience !!!

  6. Please dont cancel Crisis and Believe.. cos they are all what we want

  7. Once again NBC cancelled two promising shows “Believe and Crisis”, both are excellent and anyone with a half a brain (obviously not the NBC programmers) would love to keep watching. The teens and 20 somethings can’t concentrate long enough to watch anything with a story I am afraid they will be unable to read shortly they already are unable to read or write cursive. Please bring these shows back, everyone is tired of reality, dumb-down shows.

  8. I just won’t to die right now becose you took believe off put back on plases :( :( :( :(

  9. You are making a mistake by Believe and Crisis. They were to really good shows. Putting them on Sunday was a mistake. Putting them on the week day would have been better.

  10. You are making a mistake by Believe and Crisis. They were to really good shows. Putting them on Sunday was a mistake. Putting them on the week day would have been better. Please put them back on.

  11. Absolutely gutted, love Believe and can’t believe there won’t be anymore seasons :-(

  12. Just found out Believe was cancelled – it’s going to take a lot for me to watch an NBC show after they’ve now done this for the third time in recent years.

    The Event and Prime Suspect were the other two shows they pulled previously.