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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 »
Even Harry Houdini can't save this one.
Fox canceled Houdini & Doyle after airing only one season of the interesting and unusual drama.
Yes, they were That Houdini & Doyle, the magician and the writer.
The story was that at the turn of the 20th Century, there were a lot of crazy cases turning up with a supernatural bent, and these two learned fellows were chosen to help the New Scotland Yard to solve them.
Unfortunately, the series was reviewed poorly out of the gate and eyes were subsequently averted.
There's always good and bad news about critics being given a chance to see a series ahead of time for review.
There are several ways things can go down as a result.
If only a pilot is released, it's a toss up. A pilot can sometimes »
- Carissa Pavlica
There will no second season for Fox’s literary adventure drama series Houdini & Doyle. The network confirmed today the series has been cancelled. Houdini & Doyle was plagued by soft ratings throughout its freshman run. The Season 1 (and now series) finale drew a 0.4 rating with 1.77 million viewers, even with its penultimate episode. The series focused on the unlikely real-life friendship between master illusionist Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sherlock Holmes… »
Fox is making Houdini & Doyle vanish into thin air: The network has cancelled the magic-mystery series after one extremely low-rated, poorly reviewed season, TVLine has learned.
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The 10-episode period drama, which starred House‘s Michael Weston as master magician Harry Houdini and Episodes’ Stephen Mangan as Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, drew 2.6 million viewers and a 0.7 demo rating when it premiered last May. Those numbers fell to 1.77 mil/o.4 with last month’s season finale.
The series followed Houdini and Doyle as »
Airing on Fox on Monday nights, Houdini & Doyle recently completed its first season. Will the series be returning for a season two? Should there be a second season?A mystery adventure series, Houdini & Doyle revolves around the uneasy partnership of two legendary figures of the early 20th Century. Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) is a master magician and paranormal debunker while famed author Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) is a paranormal aficionado. They're teamed with Constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) to solve cases that may have roots in the supernatural.Read More… »
If nothing else, Houdini and Doyle is a show put together by people who love watching television… and know where, and how, to borrow from the unusual things that seem to be working.
The danger involved here is that it will end up feeling too cobbled together. The obvious popularity of Sherlock, and other period mysteries doesn’t necessarily mix well with sci-fi/paranormal, even if such things are also gaining traction in the ratings. This one even throws in some of the goofy fun of Murdoch Mysteries, which is a great show, but sounds a little screwy on paper.
The long and short of it is that Houdini and Doyle has too many things going on to have much chance of success, and it has to also deal with the idea of keeping some semblance of the reality of two historical figures… plus ghosts.
The show avoids the pitfalls »
- Marc Eastman
Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle are both legends in their own right. Houdini was a master magician and escape artist. Doyle was the creator of Sherlock Holmes and author of those and other books. A new Fox series makes Houdini and Doyle crime solvers in the early 1900s.
Michael Weston plays Houdini. After a Television Critics Association for Houdini & Doyle, Weston stuck around to speak more with a group of reporters and we were there to ask him questions about magic tricks and Houdini history. "Houdini & Doyle" airs Mondays at 9Pm on Fox.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Fred Topel)
Though Fox is airing this show in the United States, it originates in the UK so it's unclear what impact American ratings will have on Houdini & Doyle's chances for a second season. Will it be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A mystery adventure series, Houdini & Doyle revolves around the uneasy partnership of two legendary figures of the early 20th Century. Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) is a master magician and paranormal debunker while famed author Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) is a paranormal aficionado. They're teamed with Constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) to solve cases that may have roots in the supernatural.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data »
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 »
- Amber Dowling
First rule of attending a seance: Don't be late. Especially when you're keeping the star of Fox's new summer series Houdini & Doyle—and the spirit of Harry Houdini himself—waiting. But mid-afternoon traffic in Los Angeles has an almost supernatural mind of its own and here I am, ten minutes late to join Michael Weston and a handful of other journalists at the famed Magic Castle in the heart of Hollywood in an attempt to connect with the legendary illusionist. As our spiritual guide for the afternoon, the indomitable Misty Lee (the Magic Castle's only resident female seance medium), guides me to my seat—not that I need much help, as it is the only one left open around the table in the »
Fox’s newest mystery/adventure drama Houdini & Doyle is inspired by true events and one of history’s most unlikely friendships. The series follows real-life friends Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) in fantastical (and faux) adventures as they join forces with New Scotland Yard’s first female constable (Rebecca Liddiard) to investigate supernatural cases. The premise of the duo moonlighting as superstar sleuths requires some suspension of disbelief, but it has a mix of mirth, mysticism and murder we’d liken to an old-timey X-Files. “We’re not pretending that we’re telling the Arthur Conan Doyle/Harry Houdini story,” says … Continue reading →
The post Michael Weston Uncovers History’s Oddest Friendship In Houdini & Doyle appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
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 »
On the broadcast networks, this time of year often takes on the trappings of a big garage sale. Sometimes you come across a real find in the jumble of mid-season debuts: Excellent shows like “Hannibal,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Wonder Years” all premiered in the months of March or April.
But most of the time, spring gives the broadcast nets chance a chance to clean out their attics and get rid of dust-gathering items they have no real use for. And that brings us to the new drama “Houdini and Doyle.”
Fox has committed — quite possibly overcommitted — to the idea of using existing intellectual property as the basis for many, if not most, of its new shows; if the network can shoehorn the devil, Ichabod Crane or parts of the premise of “Minority Report” into a cop procedural, all the better. This time around, Fox »
- Maureen Ryan
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Before anyone says anything, yes. Yes, Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle really were a real life twosome, albeit an unlikely one. Doyle, despite making his fortune on the dependably logical Sherlock Holmes saga, was an avowed spiritualist, drawn toward the occult after a number of personal tragedies. Houdini, on the other hand, the rock star illusionist and escape artist, knew humbug when he heard it, spending a good chunk of his career ousting phony mediums and their “powers.”
So if it doesn’t outright invent the relationship at its core, then Houdini & Doyle, which premieres Monday on Fox, goes nuts with everything else. Imagining the duo as bickering paranormal private eyes, the series has fun with its spooky roots. The best of it is smart, silly, and a little scary. At certain points, though, it doesn’t seem to trust those roots, »
- Joe Incollingo
[caption id="attachment_47661" align="aligncenter" width="543"] L-r: Rebecca Liddiard, Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan in Houdini & Doyle, premiering Monday, May 2 (9:00-10:00 Pm Et/Pt). © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mitch Jenkins / Fox.[/caption]
It's mysterious, murderous magic and yet, elementary. Check out promos and photos for the new Houdini & Doyle TV series premiering on Fox, Monday, May 2, 2016, at 9:00pm Et/Pt.
Inspired by true events, Houdini & Doyle stars Michael Weston as Harry Houdini, Stephen Mangan as Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rebecca Liddiard as Constable Adelaide Stratton. Tim McInnerny is Chief Inspector Horace Merring. Adam Nagaitis is Sergeant George Gudgett.
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Fox’s new event series Houdini & Doyle may not be set in the 1970s, but its new poster nevetheless recalls the lyrics a certain Diana Ross disco classic: Upside down you’re turnin’ me.
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Indeed, the kicky key art finds master magician Harry Houdini (House‘s Michael Weston) shackled and hanging from the ceiling, as Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Episodes’ Stephen Mangan) strikes a decidedly more earthbound pose.
The series follows the pair (who were real-life buddies) as they assist »
Houdini and Doyle
Fox has announced a May 2nd premiere date for their new series "Houdini and Doyle" from "House" creator David Shore. The first trailer for the series is now out and can be seen below.
The mystery adventure drama stars Michael Weston, Stephen Mangan and Rebecca Liddiard and follows illusionist Harry Houdini (Weston) and author Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan) who begrudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved, inexplicable and possibly supernatural crimes. [Source: ]
Fox has confirmed that its long-running procedural "Bones" will return for a twelve-episode twelfth and final season. The series, currently in the midst of its twenty-two episode eleventh season, will score a proper send off and the producers now have plenty of time to wrap up their ongoing stories and character arcs.
The decision to end the series isn't a surprise, it was a long running ratings performer for Fox but has »
- Garth Franklin
Fox said today that its literary adventure drama Houdini & Doyle will premiere May 2, taking over the 9 Pm Monday slot that the week after Lucifer‘s season finale. The series focuses on the unlikely real-life friendship between master illusionist Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) as they grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural… »
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
“Inspired by true events, Houdini & Doyle will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.”
Houdini and Doyle is set to premiere this Spring.
- Amie Cranswick
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