- NBC is shutting down production of its low-rated rookie series Kidnapped after airing 5 episodes.
- Both Wednesday and Saturday night time slots failed to build an audience.
- Remaining episodes from a shortened series will be available on NBC.com.
NBC Cancels Kidnapped
Production on NBC’s low-rated series “Kidnapped” is set to shut down in a few weeks after the serial thriller completes the 13th episode of its first season. Both NBC and producer Sony Pictures TV have agreed to wrap up the storyline about a wealthy family, headed by Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany, whose teenage son is abducted.
Kidnapped’s Ratings Struggle
Kidnapped unfortunately never found an audience. The series premiered on September 20, 2006, in its Wednesday night time slot. But after the third episode failed to gain ratings, NBC cut the production order for the series to 13 episodes from 22. In one last effort to give the series a chance, NBC moved Kidnapped to Saturdays at 9 pm. After two more episodes in the Saturday time slot failed to show improvement, NBC took the show off the air. The remaining 8 episodes were made available on NBC.com. The series finale was posted online on December 22, 2006.
Kidnapped: Show Premise
The original premise of Kidnapped was to follow a new kidnapping story each season.
- Timothy Hutton as Conrad Cain
- Dana Delany as Ellie Rand Cain
- Will Denton as Leopold Cain
- Jeremy Sisto as Lucian Knapp
- Carmen Ejogo as Turner
- Delroy Lindo as Latimer King
- Mykelti Williamson as Virgil Hayes
- Linus Roache as Andrew “Andy” Archer