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‘The Red Line’ Not Picked Up for Second Season at CBS

The Greg Berlanti, Ava DuVernay-produced show was billed as a limited series

CBS has decided not to pick up “The Red Line” for a second season, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap on Friday.

When the drama was originally picked up it was not considered a limited series, but was later classified as such.

The series about a black doctor shot by a white cop in Chicago followed three very different families on their journey toward hope and healing after the tragedy connected them all.

Though it was produced by Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti, “The Red Line” has been plagued by low ratings since it premiered on April 28.

The event series debuted to just a 0.5 rating/2 share among adults 18-49, easily finishing last in its time slot among the Big 4 broadcast channels. The following week, it declined even to a 0.4 rating/2 share among adults 18-49, and its total-viewer tally fell to 4.3 million.

“The Red Line” starred Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Noel Fisher, Howard Charles, Aliyah Royale, Michael Patrick Thornton, Vinny Chhibber and Elizabeth Laidlaw.

The series was produced by Berlanti Productions and Forward Movement in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Berlanti, DuVernay, Sarah Schechter, Caitlin Parrish, Sunil Nayar and Kevin Hooks were executive producers, with Erica Weiss as a co-executive Producer.

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