September 23, 2020
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In the age of streaming content, networks in the 2016 season and onward are softening what it means when a show ends, because they could always come back right? Right now however, they just don’t know how to deal with freshmen series.

CBS in particular has made plenty of mistakes with their high tech medical drama Pure Genius. The title makes no sense and it’s a big factor in the show’s critical failure. When characters can use techno-babble to “cure” practically any disease in 45 minutes audiences automatically tuned out. While the drama was actually pretty great, the name still bothers me, as honestly, the show should be called Bunker Hill.

Bunker Hill is the high tech hospital where the main characters work to push medicine to new heights thanks to the mission of the young tech billionaire who built the place. Yet, the show creators saw a problem in that name too. It seems too much like a military procedural show and hardly in tune with a medical drama.

So CBS has decided not to order any more episodes of Bunker Hill, I mean Pure Genius. As it was the lowest rated new show for the channel and hasn’t gained any more viewers since it’s original low ball 6.2 Million viewers. It will end at 13 episodes. No word on if CBS has any plans to put it on streaming platforms.


John J. Falco