AMC has officially announced that they are cancelling Feed the Beast series after only one season. The show starred Jim Sturgess and popular Friends actor David Schwimmer, who plays two best friends who are trying to take their last shot at opening their dream restaurant.
Feed the Beast was created by Clyde Phillips, who is known for his work on Dexter and Nurse Jackie. Freed the Beast was co-produced by AMC studios and Lionsgate Entertainment. Phillips, Henrik Ruben Genz, Piv Bernth, and Malene Blenkov all served as executive producers of the show.
ABC Network Officials commented that they have a great admiration and respect for the Feed the Beast team, actors, and the show’s studio partner Lionsgate. They also commented on how thankful they were to have the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented group of individuals who were dedicated to making the series great. Unfortunately, Feed the Beast didn’t achieve the viewership results that they needed to pick up the series for its second season.
The Feed the Beast TV show was based on an adaptation of the popular Danish drama series Bankerot. Feed the Beast only premiered 10 episodes on AMC’s network from this June to August.
Despite the star power Schwimmer brought to the AMC show, who came fresh off of his role as Robert Kardashian on The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, the show struggled to connect with the networks viewers. The pilot episode debuted with over 1 million viewers, but the following nine episodes ranged between 200,000 viewers to 480,000 viewers.
TV and Film critics who commented about Freed the Beast episodes before the show’s cancellation gave negative to mediocre reviews. Most of the negative reviews were based on the show’s subject matter of opening a restaurant, claiming that the storyline was uninteresting even though the show had a stellar cast. Some TV critics went far enough to call the show “superfluous” and “flavorless”.