Tonight marks the conclusion of Life‘s second season. Because of weak ratings, it could also end up being the series finale. The last episode of season two, entitled “One,” airs on NBC tonight at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 Central.
Starring Damian Lewis as Detective Charlie Crews, Life follows Crews after he was released from prison and rejoined the Los Angeles Police Department. Crews spent 12 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s not solving crimes with partner Dani Reese (Sarah Shahi), he’s trying to unravel the conspiracy that put him behind bars. The series also stars Adam Arkin as Ted Earley and Donal Logue as Captain Kevin Tidwell.
This season the show was forced to make some changes after Shahi announced her pregnancy. Reese has ostensibly been away on training for an FBI task force, while Crews works with new partner Jane Seever (Gabrielle Union) and is confronted with the possibility that Reese is involved in the conspiracy. Events come to a head tonight when Crews tracks down Reese, who has been kidnapped by Crews’ Russian crimelord nemesis Roman Nevikov (Garret Dillahunt).
About the finale, creator Rand Ravich tells Zap2It, “Certainly last year we didn’t know whether we were coming back as well. And so this episode leaves us at a very satisfying place, I think, emotionally and plot-wise for all our characters, where if this were it we would not feel … I mean, I as an audience viewer would not feel frustrated. So there’s still plenty of room to go on, there’s still plenty of doors to open, but we do resolve more than a few things.”
Life has struggled in the ratings both seasons. It was almost certainly saved from cancellation after its first season by the effects of the writers’ strike. However, there is nothing like that in its favor this year. It’s got critical acclaim, especially for the quirky Lewis, and strong network support, but the ratings make it almost a sure thing for cancellation. It’s a shame, because this is one of NBC’s programming bright spots.
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