AMC has announced the cancellation of Rubicon after its first season.

Here’s the network’s statement: “Rubicon gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we’re proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team.”

This is bad news for those of us who became enthralled by Rubicon‘s intricate tale of a small cadre of government data system analysts led by James Badge Dale. Yes, the first few episodes were slow going, and doubtless were responsible for many viewers giving up early, resulting in low ratings.

But by the end of its run, Rubicon had become a tense, witty brain-teaser, full of vivid personalities. Boy, was I looking forward to seeing how the show’s ongoing conspiracy (and a new season’s new cases) might turn out.

I know AMC is thrilled with its big ratings for The Walking Dead, and I’m not pitting one show against another, but I wish the network had found a place on its schedule for two such different new shows. After all, Mad Men and Breaking Bad are as different as possible, right?

I’ll mourn the loss of Rubicon at greater length soon.

Will any of you miss Rubicon?

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