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Big Trouble For The Cape As NBC Reduces Its Episode Order

NBC’s has cut the episode order for its struggling superhero drama The Cape, TV Guide reports. It’s an early sign that the midseason series won’t return for a second run.

The reduction from 13 episodes to 10 isn’t much of a surprise, considering that The Cape‘s two-hour premiere on Jan. 9 drew a modest 9 million viewers. Monday’s episode dipped to 5.3 million viewers behind lead-in Chuck, which hit a series low.

The Cape stars David Lyons (ER) as Vince Faraday, an honest cop on a corrupt police force, who is framed for a series of murders and presumed dead. Forced to leave his wife and son and go into hiding, he assumes the identity of The Cape, his son’s favorite comic-book superhero, to take the law into his own hands.

According to The Wrap, the last episode will air on Feb. 28, with The Event returning to its 9 p.m. Monday slot on March 7.


  • First Circle

    You mean nobody could see this coming? This was a mess from the start but then so isn’t V.If the producers had gone for a John Peel Avengers/ Wild Wild West/Man from Uncle clever and funny tongue in cheek approach…maybe this would have been less of a mess.V,No Ordinary Family and Cape have all been a sign that the networks can’t pull these sorts of things off these days.Maybe a couple of seasons from now.How about rebooting American Gothic or Mantis shows that desreved a better run than they got?

  • Phineas J. Whoopie

    NBC and Warner Bros. PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF THIS in regard to the upcoming Wonder Woman tv series. As that project stands now, not too many people seem very pleased with the sound of it. I’m talking both comic/Wonder Woman fans and casual viewers who know who Wonder Woman is as a character. Wonder Woman should be on the big-screen.
    P.S. I tried to watch The Cape’s first episode and it was a wreck! Blah!

  • Phineas J. Whoopie

    *Wonder Woman should be on the big-screen AND true to the character and her storyline in the source material. Use the animated Wonder Woman dvd as a kind of animatic for a live-action feature. That was a cool dvd!

  • Jay Gerding

    Too bad. I was kind of enjoying this show. To me, way better than No Ordinary Family. In fact, this most recent episode was pretty good. Maybe if they just re-focused on the Carnival of Evil and cut down on the screen time for the Cape.

  • JTRobin

    Because the Event is so much better….geez…

  • BB

    Sadly, The Cape is not a very good show. The use of the cape itself is really pushing it. The smoke trick is a insult as it really wouldn’t work as presented. The father son angle is getting silly. The fact that theres a comic book and it isn’t mentioned much if at all in the story is strange. The circus of crime is just that. The main bad guy is really a bad bad guy. In other words it’s lacking enough explanation for what it wants to pass off. Badly written and poorly thought out. I do agree the last episode showed a bit of a direction the show should have taken. Get rid of the bad cop angle. To be honest I don’t think anything can save this show as it is.

  • Anonymous

    This show is horrid, in every single way.

  • Scbrownsr

    Noooo! I look forward to this show every week. Don’t take the Cape!

  • knivesinwest11

    this show is atrocious. as is The Event (terrible knock off of “The 4400″), V (the freaking original miniseries was better), and No Ordinary Family. even at its worst, Heroes was a much better show (and there was definitely a lot of “worst” for Heroes)

  • Anonymous

    The Cape is best when it camps it up. If they played it camp, like 60s Batman, they might find themselves on to something.

    Wonder Woman has got to be done straight though, so they’ll just have write good television for that one.

  • Not Happy

    My son and I love watching The Cape. We don’t get to watch it on it normal “tv night” run, but stream it every week. Love the show. Finally a show like the Batmans of old. Most of the new shows on tv are crap and you can’t watch them with your kids. No wonder I watch very little tv.

  • MRmal

    I think rather than just stopping it they should help with funding to improve it.
    the only thing I would really change about the show is the vanishing tricks(I’d make them more realistic or explain it as real magic), and the length of time it took for him to learn all the techniques and skills, it was too quick. But other than that the initial idea is genius!!