‘Briarpatch’ is an anthology crime drama series that airs on the USA Network. The cast is led by Rosario Dawson and its story revolves around Allegra Hill who decides to investigate the death of her sister Detective Felicity Dill. Felicity was killed in an apparent car bombing and Allegra returns to her hometown in San Bonifacio to discover the murderer. But once she delves deeper into the mystery, she unearths a web of corruption, plaguing this tiny town in Texas.
Upon its launch, ‘Briarpatch’ was received well by critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes surmises the series as follows: “Briarpatch’s ambiance is at times more intriguing than the simmering mystery at its center, but a captivating Rosario Dawson and surreal setting ensure it’s never less than watchable.” Stylish, racy, and colorful, with a strong female presence, the drama definitely has all the elements of great tv.
However, ‘Briarpatch’ failed to meet up to the expectations of fans, with several claiming that in spite of a great cast and strong characterization, it lacks a solid central theme. So, what does this mean for the future of the show? Will we get to see a ‘Briarpatch’ season 2? Let’s find out.
Briarpatch Season 2 Release Date: Renewed or Cancelled?
‘Briarpatch’ season 1 premiered on February 6, 2020, on the USA Network. After spanning 10 episodes, it ended on April 13, 202
The premiere episode of ‘Briarpatch’ drew 528,000 total viewers and a rating of 0.09 in the 18-49 demography. With its second episode, the numbers dropped even lower: 357,000 viewers and .07. To save the show, USA Network decided to change its slot and moved it from 10 p.m. Thursdays to 11 p.m Mondays. Showrunner Andy Greenwald made the announcement on his Twitter handle, where he wrote:
“Some news! BRIARPATCH is moving to a new night and time: Mondays at 11 pm. Apparently this has more to do with the popularity of wrestling than it does anything else — and so I’m very happy to welcome our new kayfabe friends aboard! But you, a devoted fan, can watch episode 103 *right now* on demand. It’s our best episode yet. Allan Cumming! Ed Asner! Mel Rodriguez! Christine Woods! Trust me: the fun is just getting started.”
— Andy Greenwald (@andygreenwald) February 19, 2020
However, even the shift did not prove beneficial for the show. The numbers did not improve much and season 1 averaged a 0.14 rating in the 18-49 demo while garnering approximately 0.49 million viewers per episode.
Over the years, anthology series for any network has had either extremely good or negative reviews. Some have gone to air for several seasons while others have been axed just after one outing. And ‘Briarpatch’ sadly seems to be in the latter category. A shift in prime-time slots and falling ratings are not a good indicator for any title and we guess this crime drama will end after a short run. Yes, its renewal chances are slim and in all probability, ‘Briarpatch’ season 2 will get cancelled.
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