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The Librarians canceled after four seasons at TNT, but it might not be over yet

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Mar 9, 2018

After four seasons of adventures, TNT has canceled fantasy series The Librarians, only a month after the Season 4 finale. Executive producer Dean Devlin made the announcement Thursday via Twitter, and also immediately declared his intention to shop the show around in an effort to find it a new home and keep it going a bit longer.

The Librarians, about a team of gifted people (Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Harlan Kim, and John Larroquette) who travel the world collecting magical artifacts and defending Earth against various supernatural threats, premiered in 2014 to solid ratings and critical praise for its fun atmosphere. The series was a spinoff of The Librarian films, a trilogy of three TV movies starring Noah Wyle in the title role, which were released in 2004, 2006, and 2008. Wyle continued to play Librarian Flynn Carsen in a supporting role, and served as an executive producer on the series. Earlier this week, it was announced that Wyle landed a lead role in the upcoming CBS drama pilot Red Line, but it's unclear how much (if any) effect that news had on the fate of the series.

The Librarians debuted during the 2014 holiday season with a series premiere audience of more than 5 million viewers. Ratings have naturally declined since then, but remained solid for a basic cable series. According to Variety, the fourth season averaged about 1.4 million live viewers, with nearly a million more joining that audience in Live+3 ratings. Those aren't Walking Dead numbers, but they're certainly not bad. Maybe TNT just opted to make room for other shows. Whatever the case, Devlin and company are poised to take the series to a new home if an offer comes their way, so The Librarians might have more adventures ahead. 

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