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WGN America is pulling the plug on Manhattan.

The network has elected not to order a third season of the well-reviewed but low-rated drama inspired by the story of the Manhattan Project.

Calling the move a “very difficult decision,” WGNA president and general manager Matt Cherniss said in a statement, “We are proud of this critically acclaimed series, an extraordinary original drama, and are deeply disappointed that such a wonderful show could not find a larger audience. We thank the immensely talented [executive producers] Sam Shaw and Thomas Schlamme, along with the exceptional cast and crew and our great partners at Lionsgate and Skydance, for crafting a masterful series. We are equally grateful to the dedicated fans for their support over the last two seasons.”

In an interview with EW in December, show creator Shaw said the prospect of a third season was “very much an open question. I wish it were not an open question. I’ll just say, now and on the record and very emphatically, we want to continue the show, and the stories that we will be telling in our third season and beyond, I think they’re the most exciting stories.”

Manhattan is the second original scripted series from WGNA (following Salem), and the first to be canceled.

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