In its premiere, ‘Mind Games’ featured a bunch of desperate people down on their luck trying to turn things around and get others to believe in them – it didn’t quite work.
ABC has canceled the midseason series, making this the third freshman drama the network has axed. ‘Killer Women,’ the show ‘Mind Games’ was bumped up to replace, and ‘Lucky 7’ were also canned – and very short-lived.
The caper series starring Steve Zahn and Christian Slater has been pulled from the schedule after just five episodes. The premiere netted around 3.6 million viewers, but ratings fell consistently, including a big dive in the second episode. The latest episode drew in just over 2 million.
‘Mind Games’ told the story of two brothers (Slater and Zahn), one a divorced ex-con, the other bi-polar, who start up a business with a ragtag group that sought to persuade and manipulate people for presumably a greater good. This writer saw entertainment in Zahn’s character, and while serviceable, the show seemed to have a low ceiling.
This marks the third one-and-done series for creator Kyle Killen, who saw ‘Lone Star’ on FOX end after just two episodes in 2010, and ‘Awake’ endure an abbreviated season on NBC.
For the next two weeks, the network will air encore episodes of the (more successful) freshman fantasy drama ‘Resurrection’ in the vacant spot on Tuesdays at 10/9c. After that, on April 15, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ returns for a third season.