The Cape: Down For the Count

Summer Glau is looking at a Cape-less future.   The Cape appears to be heading into telvision oblivion, which isn’t too far from where it started.  Rather than airing the first season finale, NBC has pulled the show from the air, intending to air the final episode as an online exclusive event.

NBC debuted The Cape mid-season with a two-hour premier on Sunday January 9, 2011.  The series pulled in a 5.0 rating/8 share rating for its first outing.  Once it settled into its usual Monday night 9PM slot, however, the ratings started to tumble and didn’t stop their downward dive.  NBC quickly cut the initial thirteen episode order to ten, which is never a good sign, and now it appears those ten episodes could be a wrap.

The Cape is a series about Vince Faraday, a cop wrongly accused of a series of murders and presumed dead.  Forced into hiding, he tries to clear his name while fighting crime in Palm City, all with the desire to be reunited with his wife and son.  He does this by assuming the identity of “The Cape,” his son’s favorite comic book superhero.  Glau portrayed Jamie Fleming, Orwell, an investigative blogger who first discvoers “The Cape” covering a story, and soon joins him in his fight against crime and corrpution.

NBC had some success with Heroes and Chuck, thereby making The Cape a worthwhile gamble that didn’t quite pan out, creatively or visually.  While NBC has yet to verbally confirm the cancellation of the series, it looks as though the online finale exclusive will be it’s last.

The Cape starred David Lyons (Vince Faraday, The Cape), Keith David (Max Malini), Summer Glau (Orwell), and Jennfier Ferrin (Dana Thompson-Faraday).

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Kristen, a freelance writer, has been a part of the Whedonverse Network since 2004 and Managing Editor since 2008.She has contributed news items as well as feature pieces reporting on and exploring the wide, wide world of Whedon and beyond.

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Kristen, a freelance writer, has been a part of the Whedonverse Network since 2004 and Managing Editor since 2008. She has contributed news items as well as feature pieces reporting on and exploring the wide, wide world of Whedon and beyond.

One Comment:

  1. I didn’t figure this one would be long for NBC. I was entertained — mostly by David Lyons *wink* — but it was too comic-book-super-hero and not enough ‘Heroes’ for NBC to let it stick around.

    Too bad, though. Always enjoy seeing Summer Glau.

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