Is Hilary Swank’s quest for a new beginning as a journalist in Anchorage, Alaska coming to an end? Continue reading to find out more.
In today’s crowded television landscape, many major networks are quick to pull the plug on shows that aren’t performing well, and unfortunately, right now it looks like the fate of Alaska Daily has been trapped in the cancellation web, and it finally time to say goodbye to Eileen Fitzgerald, who the fans have watched for the last eleven episodes!
Earlier, many viewers were unsure and wanted to know if the show would be renewed or canceled in the future for additional seasons. Now, more than ever there is no doubt that this is a question that needs to be addressed immediately.
Especially for die-hard fans who have spent so much of their own time watching the episodes over the years. So, if you’re wondering the same thing, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a quick summary of everything you need to know about the current status of this crime drama television series. Here’s everything we know about Alaska Daily Season 2.
Alaska Daily Season 2: Why was the series canceled?
After many months of speculation, the unfortunate news has been confirmed the beloved series will be ending after one season! The cancellation is a bit surprising for the fans, as they thought that the series had received fairly good reviews from critics and fans around the world, so the chances for renewal may be secure. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 74% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10, based on 19 critic reviews.
Moreover, the website’s critics’ consensus reads, “Alaska Daily awkwardly straddles the sensibilities of network TV and edgier streaming fare, but the core message about the importance of local journalism is fit to print.” Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 67 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews.” Despite having average to good reviews, there is no doubt in our minds that some of the readers might not even have heard about this show since its premiere.
As the debut season averaged 2.84 million viewers in the live plus same-day ratings and a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic. In terms of total viewers, it performed around average compared to other ABC shows and was one of the lowest-rated scripted series in the demo. Making this one of the major reasons for its cancelation as it has been reported that the freshman series was not able to establish itself and find a sizable following, leading to a not-so-surprising cancelation.
In conclusion, Alaska Daily has joined alongside Big Sky and The Company You Keep in ABC’s recent 2023 cancelation basket.
Alaska Daily: A Quick Recap
The official synopsis of the series states: From Tom McCarthy, the series follows fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist Eileen Fitzgerald (Swank) who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.
As a reporter for a local metro newspaper, Eileen is investigating a cold case stacked with missing indigenous women with scarce details in desperate need of fresh eyes. The dark spaces where she has to investigate reveal the city’s seedy underbelly that could prove to be dangerous for Eileen as she begins to uncover secrets many would rather stay buried.
For your consideration, if the show was renewed, the second season would have undoubtedly been picked up from the final episode, “Most Reckless Thing I’ve Ever Done,” which was directed by Bosede Williams and written by Vera Starbard which was viewers by 2.75 million US viewers. In this episode, the viewers saw rumors of a new Alaskan newspaper swirling.
The team investigates its competition and what it means for the future of local news, and Eileen and Roz listen to Gloria’s final call and find their lead before an innocent man is put away. Alaska Daily is from Salke’s co-lab21 and is produced by 20th Television, a part of Disney Television Studios. Moreover, the main cast members of the series include:
- Hilary Swank as Eileen Fitzgerald: A former high-profile investigative reporter in New York City, she comes to Alaska after burning bridges in her previous job.
- Jeff Perry as Stanley Kornik: Eileen’s former boss and managing editor of the Daily Alaskan.
- Grace Dove as Roz Friendly: An Alaskan native and star reporter for the Daily Alaskan whom Stanley assigns to write with Eileen on the investigation of a murdered indigenous woman.
- Meredith Holzman as Claire Muncy: Veteran Daily Alaskan reporter who helps Eileen and Roz with the investigation.
- Matt Malloy as Bob Young: Daily Alaskan senior reporter and acting news editor.
- Pablo Castelblanco as Gabriel Tovar: A chatty Daily Alaskan employee.
- Ami Park as Yuna Park: A Daily Alaskan cub reporter who quickly learns that reporting the truth isn’t always easy.
- Craig Frank as Austin Teague: A Daily Alaskan reporter who isn’t afraid to challenge his colleagues and represent the community.
— Alaska Daily (@AlaskaDailyABC) May 1, 2023
The recurring cast includes Irene Bedard as Sylvie Nanmac, Shane McRae as Aaron Pritchard, Phillip Lewitski as Miles, Joe Tippett as Jamie, Kourtney Bell as Karla, and Bill Dawes as Concerned Citizen. The guest star includes James McDaniel as Defense Secretary Raymond Green. This American drama television series was created by Tom McCarthy for ABC. Additionally, McCarthy executive produces with Swank, Melissa Wells, Bert Salke, and the Anchorage Daily News Kyle Hopkins and Ryan Binkley. Rae Baron is a co-producer.
If you want to watch the series, then we recommend that readers stream it on the ABC network and Hulu. The viewers can also buy the subscription plan according to their preferences, which allows them to watch new episodes based on location when the episode airs worldwide. As well, the show also premiered on Disney+ (Star Hub) in Hong Kong and Disney+ Hotstar in India. It also made its debut on Disney+ in Australia and New Zealand as part of the Star content hub, and it also aired weekly in the UK, Ireland, and Spain.
Additionally, take a look at the official trailer of 2:10 minutes to recap the events which followed, “Eileen Fitzgerald, a fiercely talented and award-winning investigative journalist who leaves her high-profile New York life behind after a fall from grace to join a daily metro newspaper in Anchorage on a journey to find both personal and professional redemption.”
Catch up with the prior seasons, and let us know in the comments how you feel about the cancelation of Alaska Daily.