Former “NCIS: New Orleans” star Riann Steele was just given some disappointing news. Her brand new series on NBC, “Debris,” has just been canceled after wrapping up its first season.
The second spin-off of the “NCIS” franchise came to an end after its seventh season. It’s also saddening news for Riann Steele, who was given another blow this week after NBC confirmed they had passed on the second season of “Debris.”
In “Debris,” Steele starred as Finola Jones, an MI6 agent whose job is to investigate the pieces of a strange alien spacecraft that landed. “Debris” became the first NBC pilot to receive a series in 2020 and kicked off with an exciting premiere in March. Despite the promise of the new show, the network sadly did not offer “Debris” the green light to return for the 2021-22 season.
Additionally, “Good Girls,” “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” “Manifest,” and “Ellen’s Game of Games” were also not renewed.
Even though it received favorable reviews from critics, the show failed to perform well enough in the ratings.
NBC Cancels ‘Debris’ After ‘NCIS: New Orleans’
J.H. Wyman, the mind behind shows like “Fringe” and “Almost Human,” created the premise for “Debris.” It’s unclear if Wyman will seek another network to back “Debris.”
As for Steele, she’s known for her roles on “Doctor Who,” “Misfits,” and “Lovesick” in addition to her role in the NCIS universe. While the 13-episode run of “Debris” didn’t manage to impress NBC, it did receive a commendable 72 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
In comparison, the ratings for “NCIS: New Orleans” averaged 11.761 million viewers, according to Nielsen. No other show produced more than 9 million viewers for the same week. “NCIS: New Orleans” only had 5.2 million viewers, for the finale.
“Debris” also failed to get off to a great start in the ratings. The series averaged a 0.7 rating in adults 18 to 49. It also received just under 5 million viewers per episode in the Nielsen Live+7 numbers season to date.
Despite the cancellation of “Debris,” NBC renewed many of its scripted shows for new seasons. The network has already given the green light to the following shows: “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Kenan,” “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mr. Mayor,” “New Amsterdam,” “Transplant,” and “Young Rock.”
The network is also hearing up to release a new spin-off from the NCIS franchise: “NCIS: Hawai’i”.
The network also announced that “This Is Us” will end with its sixth season. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will also end with its upcoming eighth season this summer.
The news was yet another disappointing blow for the former “NCIS” star, Steele. She appeared in four episodes of “NCIS: New Orleans in 2018.”