CBS is no longer trusting their Instinct and have decided to cancel the show after its sophomore season. Instinct was based off of a novel of the same name by James Patterson and Howard Roughan that follows a former CIA operative that returns to the NYPD to help catch a serial killer. Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) played Dr. Dylan Reinhart, the former CIA operative. Cumming co-starred with Bojana Novakovic (Shameless), who plays NYPD detective Lizzie Needham. Instinct’s Reinhart is the first openly gay lead character on a broadcast drama series.
CBS Television Studios produces Instinct. Cummings and Patterson executive produce with Michael Rauch (Royal Pains), Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), Alex Kurtzman (Sleepy Hollow), Heather Kadin (Secret Hideout), Bill Robinson (Zoo) and Leopoldo Gout (Molly’s Game).
CBS postponed making a renewal or cancellation decision in May, but on Saturday the executive producer/showrunner Rauch announced the cancellation news on Twitter. Rauch said, “I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. Thanks to our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness. And a giant thank you to our diehard fans for your love, loyalty & excellent taste (is it too soon to ask for a reboot?).”
I’m very sad to relay the news that @instinctcbs won’t be renewed for a 3rd season. We will double up this Sunday and our season/series finale will be Aug 25. Endless thanks to @Alancumming & @bojnovak for making Dylan & Lizzie more everything than I could have ever hoped 1/2 pic.twitter.com/yyhyfOAIeJ
— Michael Rauch (@Michael_Rauch) August 16, 2019
The stars of the show also posted their reactions to the news. Novakovic appeared angered over the cancellation with a message of frustration. Meanwhile, Cumming posted a heartfelt message with a description of how he got involved in the project and behind the scenes photographs.
WELL THIS SUCKS BALLS. But when one door closes another… actually fuck that. This sucks balls. Love to all our fans and the most incredible cast and crew. Thank you all for an incredible two years. @Michael_Rauch @Alancumming @CBSTweet @CBSTVStudios @TVdub https://t.co/80QDAJvbTy
— Bojana Novakovic (@bojnovak) August 16, 2019
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So the word is out. @instinctcbs will not be returning for a third season. Almost exactly three years ago I was sent a galley copy of a book by @jamespattersonbooks and @howardroughan and then I met the show runner @mbr34 who was to adapt it for TV and I jumped in. And I’m still in, for two more episodes tomorrow and the last one ever next Sunday. And while I’m sorry I won’t be getting to play with @bojnovak and the rest of the amazing cast and crew again, I’m grateful for two seasons of fun and gore and feeling like a dandy thanks to @danlawsonstyle’s costumes, and selfies with corpses and vegan options at catering and Lala’s occasional guest appearances in the police station when she got bored in her basket beneath my desk. I’m also proud to have played the first ever leading character in a US network drama who is gay. Yes, really. Because of @instinctcbs millions of people will have seen a same sex marriage portrayed for the first time and I hope we changed and opened some minds in the process.
Instinct will air two episodes this Sunday and then premiere its series finale on Sunday, August 25.