The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it still be saved?

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?
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Sadly, the medical drama television series isn’t returning back. Continue reading to find out more about the cancelation of
The Resident Season 7. 

All of the viewers who have tuned in to watch the show over the last five years are now wondering whether the latest reports are true or not. Hence, it is reasonable to inquire about the show’s future plans, which have received a good reception over the years. It is fair to say that this show has captured the interest of viewers who want to know more about the fate of these beloved characters.

Unfortunately, this year’s long run seems to be ending for good with the cancellation of the seventh season. Yes! You read it right, the journey of the popular show has ended, in April 2023, the network officially confirmed the reports that the move is approved and the series is being scrapped after six seasons.

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?

So, if you’re interested in learning more about why the staff at Chastain Memorial is finally saying goodbye to this popular television series, then you’ve come to the right place! Especially for you, we at Web News Observer have compiled a list of all the most important and up-to-date information. Here is everything we know about Fox’s The Resident’s status:

We speculate that the ratings might have been a major factor in the cancelation, as the sixth season averaged a 0.34 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.77 million viewers in the live plus same-day ratings. When compared to season five, that’s down by 19% in the demo and down by 11% in viewership. In the live plus seven-day ratings, episodes picked up an average of 60% more viewers.

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?

Sadly, it also seems like it’s time to call it on The Resident for good, as the chances of the series revival on some other network also seem bleak, and the overall plot of the series can’t be expanded further, as most of the crucial plotlines also seem to be exhausted. But on the bright side, Fox hasn’t given up on other medical dramas. As, the network recently gave a series order to a new show titled Doc, which will be a great alternative for viewers to stream if they like such a series.

Moreover, the finale of Season 6 was purposefully scripted as a series ender, in the event that the show was not renewed. Jones previously told TVLine. That said, if the show had returned for Season 7, fans would have seen Devon and Leela’s wedding and the continuation of Conrad and Billie’s romance, as well as how Bell and Kit “deal with the mix of [Bell] being a patient and a doctor,” Jones divulged at the time.

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?

“Making this show is the hardest work I’ve done, but it’s also a personal joy and privilege,” she added. “This cast is the happiest and most unified I’ve seen in all my time in the business. The incredible crew loves coming to work. I will always be proud of all we’ve done and how we’ve done it. If it ends, there will be sorrow, but we rang the bell.”

In addition to this, series co-creator Amy Holden Jones also tweeted on Thursday in response to the news, quoting, “It was a great run. #TheResident lives on ⁦@hulu⁩ where you can watch commercials for free. Today is a day of gratitude for our amazing cast and crew and the life-altering experience we shared.” Take a look at the official post below: 

The Resident Season 7: What could have happened?

If renewed, the season would have expanded from the final episode, “All Hands on Deck,” of the sixth season. In this episode, Sammie is brought to Chastain in critical condition, and Ian returns to assist. After receiving a diagnosis of ischemic bowel, Bell must operate on Betz. During the procedure, Bell’s MS flares up, but Leela effectively assumes control. 

Despite Ian’s drug addiction, Kit and Bell nevertheless let him do the surgery because no one else was qualified to do it. Moreover, Kit permits Ian to stay at Chastain while constantly keeping an eye on his recovery with the help of Cade and knowing of Ian’s addiction. Bell decides to take a leave of absence and concentrate on teaching because his MS has worsened.

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?

As the episode progressed, Devon confirms that Bell’s MS has progressed which makes him eligible for the second phase of Devon’s clinical trial. The viewers also got to see that when Padma arrives, she is welcomed back by the twins, and AJ and Leela assure her of their unwavering support. Later in the finale moments, Leela accepts Devon’s marriage proposal and is hired as an attendant.

As we have already stated, Chapman and Season 6’s final episode’s writer Amy Holden Jones intended for it to be the series’ conclusion. “[We] really thought hard about how we would construct storylines that would give closure to the season, but if it had to be a series finale, would give our audience and our fans some closure to the whole series, too,” Chapman explained.

Further adding, “So thematically, that sense that Randolph Bell [Bruce Greenwood] went from [a] bad guy at the beginning of Season 1 to sort of an emeritus benefactor, a guy with real wisdom at the end of Season 6,” he continued. That was also why Conrad (Matt Czuchry) and Billie (Jessica Sutton) said, “I love you,” the EP added. 

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?

“If the season started with, ‘What’s going to happen in Conrad’s love life? Will he be with Cade [Kaley Ronayne] or Billie?’ First, he’s with Cade, but then it never quite settled, and now he’s with Billie, and it’s where he should be. That felt like it nailed both of those ideas. It nails the idea of the season and of the series,” he shared. 

Further stating, “Also, Conrad’s relationship with Nic [Emily VanCamp] started the whole show, and we watched their evolution, and then we watched her give birth and then her death and how he deals with single parenthood and then begins to love again. That’s such a spine to this show. We felt like Billie and Conrad saying ‘I love you’ at the end was really a fitting wrap-up if this is the end of the series.”

According to TV Insider, following his proposal in the finale, Devon’s and Leela’s wedding would have likely begun Season 7. It also might have included AJ’s family life, perhaps less prominently and more with James. In addition, we would have witnessed “the development of a family, Conrad, and Billie. The continuing growth of Ian as a guy who struggles with addiction but becomes an important part of the hospital, and the hospital is partially built around a guy with this frailty,” Chapman revealed. 

The Resident Season 7 Canceled: Could it be still saved?

Also added, “Kit Voss [Jane Leeves] is the badass CEO of the hospital but also the married partner of a man who no longer works there full-time and is exploring what life is outside of medicine. The classic Conrad work-family life divergence, which we think has played really well through the seasons, is his constant caring and his evolution from cowboy to slightly more by-the-rules doctor. Who will take the place of that cowboy? Is it Devon? Could it be Ian? Could it be Cade?”

This development puts the futures of many Fox scripted series in doubt, which, if canceled, will be confirmed by the network. In the meantime, stream all six seasons of The Resident Season 6 on the Fox channel, FuboTV, and Hulu Plus. The series can also be streamed by renting or purchasing on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu, depending on the location of the users and the membership plans the viewers choose from.

Catch up with the sixth season, and let us know in the comments how you feel about the cancelation of The Resident.