After a short first season run, NBC’s Memphis-based Bluff City Law on NBC has been canceled. The drama’s plot and character weren’t enough to keep viewers coming back on Monday nights.The show starred Jimmy Smits as Elijah Strait and Caitlin McGee as Sydney Strait as they traversed their relationship and took on tough court cases in the city of Memphis.
NBC also announced the cancellation of Indebted and Sunnyside.
The cancellation was long-expected with its poor ratings. Although scripts had been written for more episodes, production halted at the end of October 2019, and they only aired ten episodes.“It’s disappointing news, but not all that surprising,” said KWAM host Todd Starnes. “The show’s leftist plot lines were more in line with Berkeley, California than Germantown, Tennessee. And I never understood why NBC would set a show in the South without hiring Southern actors for the lead roles. It wasn’t authentic.”
The cancellation of Bluff City Law raises a number of questions. Was the casting unrepresentative of the people of Memphis, and did this deter people from tuning in? Or perhaps, was it just a bad plot? Hopefully, in the future, more shows and movies will be filmed in the Bluff City, but filmmakers are going to have to go back to the drawing board and figure out where Bluff City Law went wrong.