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Houdini & Doyle: Cancelled by Fox; No Season Two

2 August 2016 6:54 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Unable to pull a second season out of its hat, the Houdini and Doyle  TV show has been cancelled after its first and only season on Fox. The mystery drama series stars Michael Weston as Harry Houdini, Stephen Mangan as Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rebecca Liddiard as Constable Adelaide Stratton. The cast also includes Tim McInnerny, Adam Nagaitis, and Diana Quick. Fox confirmed the Houdini & Doyle cancellation to Deadline, which cites poor ratings as the reason.In the series, fictionalized versions of real life figures -- magician and skeptic Houdini and Sherlock Holmes author and paranormal enthusiast Doyle --  investigate unsolved crimes of a seemingly supernatural nature. The show was created by David Hoselton and David N. Titcher. The writing staff also includes: Carl Binder, Melissa R. Byer, Treena »

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Review: ‘Houdini & Doyle’ Gets All Tied Up

2 May 2016 4:52 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Period pieces are hard. Period pieces incorporating actual historical figures can be harder. Not only are there a slew of details the producers must get right in order for the audience to buy in, but maintaining a story that adds a fresh sense of must-watch TV is a tall order indeed. Enter the Canadian co-produced drama “Houdini & Doyle,” from co-creators David Hoselton and David Titcher, and producer David Shore (“House”). The midseason offering pairs two historical figures Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sir Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan), along with female constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) as they solve crimes »

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Houdini & Doyle Review: Fox's Drab Period Drama Is a No-Wit Sherlock

30 April 2016 7:02 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Like that ad campaign from the early ’80s where diners at fine restaurants had their coffee replaced with Folgers crystals, Fox’s Houdini & Doyle attempts to satisfy viewers who gravitate to high-minded, British crime stories with a period flair (and/or have an unrequited craving for PBS’ all-too-infrequent Sherlock).

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In this case, though, even the least refined palate will detect a top note of cheap and joyless imitation that permeates every aspect of this befuddling 10-episode event series.

Oh, sure, on paper, Houdini & Doyle sounds out-of-left-field intriguing: It’s set in »

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Fox’s David Shore Drama ‘Houdini & Doyle’ to Premiere in May

25 February 2016 10:33 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has slotted its new mystery adventure series “Houdini & Doyle,” from “House” creator David Shore and starring Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan, for Mondays this spring.

The 10-episode drama will bow May 2 at 9 p.m., following “Gotham” and one week after current 9 p.m. series “Lucifer” ends its first season. Like last year’s “Wayward Pines,” which also bowed in May on Fox, it will continue to run into summer.

Inspired by true events, the series follows two great men of the 20th century and real-life friends — Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado. They grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved, inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes, alongside the first female constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force, Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard).

“Houdini & Doyle” will debut simultaneously on the Canadian television network Global. »

- Rick Kissell

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