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CMT Turns Off Sun Records

CMT has axed the musical period drama, Sun Records, after just one eight-episode season, writes Deadline.com.

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The show was based on the real-life Sun Records studio/company in Memphis, Tennessee that gave birth to such recording legends as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. Drake Milligan starred as the King of Rock n’ Roll while Christian Lees played Lewis.

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Sun Records had some fans among TV critics with RottenTomatoes.com giving it a score of 60 out of a possible 100. Six out of 10 critics in the site’s survey gave the show a favorable review.

“Sun Records is just too damn much fun to watch to get hung up in the details. The stories are magnetic, and so are the performances,” wrote Glenn Garvin of Reason Online.


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But the show’s ratings sharply declined from its debut on February 23. 2017 when it captured nearly one million viewers. For what is now the series finale on April 13, 2017, fewer than 500,000 people tuned in.

— Phillip Swann