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

Published 12 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scheduled to occupy this Sunday’s lineup, and next weekend’s previously scheduled episodes of Believe and Crisis have been replaced by a Women of SNL special.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.


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

Source: Deadline

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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

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

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  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. Please put them back on.

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

  11. 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.

  12. Can’t believe this. I’ve been waiting for this show to start back now you tell me I wasted my time geez

  13. I am very disappointed that Crisis and Believe were pulled. I really enjoyed both programs, particularly Crisis. But I realize it is not the network’s fault they were pulled. The network only goes by ratings. The problem is a society that prefers low level acting mixed with way too much sex and profanity. If the dialogue dropped the F bomb and used God’s name in vain and showed more cleavage and sex scenes, it would not have gotten pulled, guaranteed.

    • @James

      I hope you realize Crisis wasn’t really pulled, it just took a break, it did come back and the season did finish. So if you didn’t see the rest of the episodes, definitely go online and see if you can watch them so you could at least see the resolution to the story. I doubt it’ll have a second season since it wasn’t a great performer, but at least it was allowed to finish its season, which is great, if they left us hanging on that series, I would have been PISSED…

    • Yeah but alot of the times it’s takes 2 seasons for ratings to go up cause the people that like it tell their friends and family how Awesome it is and get more people to watch the show. It’s a mistake to pull a show after 1 season.

  14. That is such crap those were 2 of my favorite shows I can’t stand how every show that I think is Amazing gets pulled I can’t understand how these shows weren’t popular both were Amazing and should be renewed. NBC is crap leaving some of the dumbest shows on air women of snl COME On stupid. You have to be an idiot not to like Believe & Crisis. I don’t think a show should be canceled after 1 season either give it a 2nd shot you never know it could take off and if you don’t give it a 2nd shot your dumb most times it takes a season for people to start watching cause people like me tell others how Awesome it was and get more people to watch it. So put them back on and I bet the ratings go up.

  15. And another thing my friend I can’t get him to watch any show with me and I actually got him to watch this and he loved Believe. This is the 6th time I’ve wasted my time watching a great show on NBC and gotten screwed out of the next season it’s a load of crap. It’s your fault for putting it on a Sunday night when everyone is going to bed early for work the next day. Put it on a Friday and I bet the ratings shoot through the roof. Honestly if these shows aren’t put back on I will never watch another show on NBC.

  16. And this is the reason the ratings are down because everyone waits for them to come out on Netflix because they don’t want to waste their time watching a great show that they fall in love with and it get canceled and your left wondering how it would end. That’s why you need to run it 2 seasons before canceling it. People don’t want to waste the time liking it just for it to get canceled. If people new that it’s was definitely coming back for a 2nd season more people would watch it.

  17. Please don’t take out believe from NBC. I really want to see the other episode that are missing.☺

  18. Big mistake. Both very good shows. Would pick crisis if could only have one. Will not watch nbc during those time slots. Don’t like new programming predicted.