NBC Cancels ‘American Odyssey’ After One Season

Drama starring Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Trent Williams doesn’t survive past its rookie year


NBC has canceled “American Odyssey” after just one season, the network announced on Tuesday.

The ax fell two days after the drama aired its season finale, earning just 0.4 among adults 18-49 following repeated disappointing ratings.

The series followed Army Sgt. Odelle Ballard — played by British actress Anna Friel, best known for the short-lived “Pushing Daisies” — as she struggled to make it home after discovering a dangerous government secret during a raid in the west African Republic of Mali.

The drama also starred Peter Facinelli as a corporate lawyer, Jake Robinson as a disrespected political activist and Treat Williams as Colonel Stephen Glen.

Before it premiered in April, showrunners Adam Armus and Nora Kay Foster described the series as a departure from the usual terrorism story Hollywood has told for the past 15 years. “The kind of story that we’re trying to tell is a story of hope,” Armus said in an interview with TheWrap.

“You’re an ordinary person, you don’t have any sort of a license or a gun or anything particular that makes you powerful, but you can make a difference,” he added.

Williams tweeted his thanks for the experience on the show after the news was announced.