Paramount Network has canceled the dark comedy, “68 Whiskey,” after one season. Reports of the cancellation come only months after the show ended its 10-episode stint.
Merging drama with humor, “68 Whiskey,” was an adaptation of the Israeli TV series Charlie Golf One. The story followed a multicultural team of Army medics stationed in Afghanistan on a base referred to as “The Orphanage.”
Together, the medics voyage through a dangerous and often bizarre world. They rely on companionship, assorted vices, and occasionally a radical sense of life to drive them through. The show starred Sam Keeley, Jeremy Tardy, Gage Golightly, Cristina Rodlo, Beth Riesgraf, Lamont Thompson, Nicholas Coombe and Derek Theler.
The series, brought by Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios, was off to a strong start, with a 88% Rotten Tomatoes rating. The January 15 launch drew 2 million viewers in Live+3 Nielsen numbers. This qualified the show as the most-watched cable drama series premiere since November 2018. However, in the months after the up-and-coming premiere, the ratings fell, and the series placed below the Top 100 in total viewers, adults 18-49 and 25-54 year-to-date.
During the show’s debut, Paramount Network’s president of development and production, Keith Cox, commented that the show an indicator of the network’s “mission to deliver TV as big as the movies.”
“It’s unlike anything else on television right now, truly exploring modern military life in a way we’ve never seen before. It’s a provocative look at the cultural and social tensions faced by the men and women serving their country,” Cox said.
The network’s dramatic comedy, “Emily In Paris” was recently rehoused to Netflix. As a result, the cancellation of 68 Whiskey leaves “Yellowstone” as Paramount Network’s only existing scripted series.