Jean Reno's 'Jo' cancelled

JoAfter a difficult first season that saw it struggle to gain any momentum in the ratings, Jean Reno's detective series 'Jo' has been canceled by French network TF1.

This was Reno's first attempt at a starring role in a television series. He played Detective Joachim "Jo" Saint-Clair, who used his knowledge of Paris to help him solve difficult crimes. Jo's struggles in his personal life - with drinking, drugs and a difficult relationship with his daughter Adèle - helped explain why he threw himself into his work so heavily.

TF1 heavily promoted the series at the MIPTV Media Market in April, but it appears those efforts went to waste. The show averaged only 6.1 million viewers after starting at 7.5 million for the premiere. The last episode that aired fell to a new series low of 5.3 million viewers, which was roughly 25 percent of the viewing audience.

For other series those numbers may have been enough to survive, but Jo was very expensive to produce, as it cost €2 million (which is more than $2.5 million) an episode.

JRProducers of the show hoped that viewers would come to see it as a "mini-DaVinci Code," given its use of historical places and neighborhoods. They tried to create a strong international viewer base for the program by casting well-known actors such as Tom Austen (The Borgias) and Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan) in the cast of the English-language program, but something obviously did not connect like they hoped.

Eight episodes were filmed of the show, with each one averaging about 45 minutes in length.

In addition to TF1, the show also aired on RTBF in Belgium, Sat 1 in Germany, RTS in Switzerland, ORF in Austria and had just debuted in the United Kingdom on FOX UK.

Click here to see a clip from an episode.

Reno is quite the accomplished actor and will be back on his feet again very quickly. What types of projects would you like to see him work on now?

- TF1
- Jean Reno
- Jo

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 7th, 2013, 10:12 am

Images courtesy of TF1


Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2014, 2:44 am
about showcasing parii,it was a great experience,i just read it in books,wish they showed more,haha

Message Posted On Jul 9th, 2014, 2:40 am
i just completed season 1 and enjoyed, Reno acted very well,at the start i was wondering what the heck is this,but am disappointed by lack of season 2

Message Posted On Jan 21st, 2014, 1:01 am
No was a great show! Hope it gets picked up again!!!!

Message Posted On Oct 18th, 2013, 6:50 am
Jo was great show :( I still hope for 2nd season :(

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Message Posted On Sep 16th, 2013, 12:31 pm


Ever since I saw him playing along side Natalie Portman all those years ago, I have been delighted to watch movies & TV show that Jean is in. Now we are going to have to wait for our next Jean fix. OH and this wasn't a bad show, not bad at all.


Message Posted On Aug 14th, 2013, 2:33 am
very good copshow it,s too bad the show got cancelled the producers had a very good copshow on there hand they should produce a movie with the same carácter jean reno is great in this copshow

Message Posted On Aug 11th, 2013, 10:50 am
it,s a great copshow it,s a shame it,s cancelled the show is a big hit in a lot of countries jean reno is great in this copshow jean reno is great playing cops jean reno is an excellent actor

Message Posted On Aug 11th, 2013, 9:12 am
Just saw the last episode and it's a shame it won't come back. I don't live in Paris and don't think it's a joke. I loved those different parisian crime scenes. I hope someone else could pick it up.

Message Posted On Jul 31st, 2013, 2:49 am
excellent series.jean reno is very talented. only criticism was the accents of other actors. hope someone else picks it up.

Message Posted On Jul 26th, 2013, 1:22 am
great copshow all because of jean reno talent Hollywood should give jean reno better roles except for godzilla and ronin which were great carácter jean reno is a great actor
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