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CBS ‘Cancels’ Rookie Drama Amid Controversy

Did star's sexual past trigger the network's decision?

CBS has decided not to produce more episodes of Wisdom of the Crowd after its 13- episode run is over, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

The decision effectively means the rookie drama has been cancelled, although the now final four episodes will air in the show’s Sunday night time slot of 8 p.m. ET.

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Wisdom of the Crowd, which was based on an Israeli series, starred Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as a tech guru who uses advanced data collection techniques to solve crimes.

The show has suffered from three major obstacles:

1. The ratings have been so-so with the average episode generating fewer than nine million viewers. For a CBS Sunday night program, that’s not good.

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2. The nation’s TV critics have not been kind to Wisdom of the Crowd. The show’s Rottentomatoes.com score is a mere 28 out of a possible 100, meaning only five of the 18 critics surveyed by the site said they liked it.

“Wisdom of the Crowd wastes a talented cast on a formulaic procedural crime drama that wavers between modest returns and unintentional laughs,” the site states.

3. Piven has recently been the subject of sexual harassment charges from multiple women over the years. While the actor has denied the charges, several corporations have recently jettisoned executives or performers after similar charges became public to avoid further embarrassment.

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