A&E’s “Breakout Kings” won’t be back for a third season.
The hard-boiled series about a special unit of federal agents and ex-cons who pursue prison escapees has been cancelled by the cable channel, according to this story on the Hollywood Reporter Web site.
By way of confirmation, the story quotes a Tweet from one of the show’s cast members, Malcolm Goodwin: “So Breakout Kings is canceled. Thx to all 4 the luv & support over the last 2 seasons! It’s been a fun experience! Much luv! On to the next.”
Separately, A&E confirmed the news for us, but issued no statement.
The series — starring Goodwin, Domenick Lombardozzi, Serinda Swan and Jimmi Simpson — had just ended its second season April 29.
The reason behind the cancellation seems to be the usual one: Ratings. According to THR, ratings fell more or less continually for “Breakout Kings” over its two seasons. By the time of its finale, viewership was about half of what it was when the series premiered in March 2011.
Co-creators Matt Olmstead and Nick Santora had previously produced another prison-escape series — “Prison Break” on Fox.
The “Breakout Kings” cancellation comes just weeks before A&E introduces its new Western drama “Longmire” (June 3) and premieres the third season of “The Glades” (also June 3).