Instinct: Cast And The Untold Reason There Won’t Be Season 3 Of The TV Series

After just two seasons, CBS, the official network of the police procedural TV drama series Instinct, has decided they aren’t going to be doing any more seasons of the show. This was confirmed in a tweet by creator Micheal Rauch on August 16, 2019, and acknowledged in follow-up tweets by lead star casts Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic. The news was met with an unprecedented response of surprise, anger, and sadness by the show’s millions of adoring fans who eagerly looked forward to seeing more of the Instinct cast members.

Fans were taken aback by the sudden decision which was made mid-season of Season 2, wondering why a cancellation was opted for, and hoping that an alternate network would pick up the show should CBS maintain their position.

From reactions like this, it could be safe to assume that despite the weak critical review the show had received since its launch in 2018, the viewing public had a contrary opinion. How this all plays out and what becomes of the TV drama eventually will be left to be seen, however, the most surprising decision by CBS has led to varying speculations. Was there a fall-out somewhere? Was it no longer profitable? Here is what we know so far.

The Untold Reason Why There Won’t Be an Instinct Season 3

The police procedural TV mystery drama series Instinct is inspired by author James Patterson’s book, Murder Games. It tells the story of Dylan Reinhart (played by famed actor Alan Cumming), an author, college professor and former CIA operative who is drawn back to his old life of helping the NYPD solve some of their most bizarre cases after a book he wrote became a serial killer’s inspiration in committing countless murders.

Ratings for the show hadn’t been particularly strong since its launch on March 18, 2018. With a 5.44 average rating and a series score of 53 out of 100, it would seem that CBS may have based their decision on the show’s rating performance. Indeed, Instinct had been the network’s lowest ranking summertime originals.

That it had also been ‘accused’ of bearing a storyline very akin to the film The Bone Collector, hadn’t helped either. One speculation had remained though and it had been that Alan Cumming, a leading Instinct cast member has received work on another project and as a result wouldn’t be able to reprise his role for a new Instinct season.

Despite these, fans weren’t appeased. Instead, they turned the tables, faulting the network’s poor marketing efforts and wrong airing times for the show’s poor outing.

The decision to cancel Instinct may clearly have been a sum of many factors, however, one thing that is certain is that the show will be missed by the dedicated fans it had managed to garner for itself within its short outing period.

Who Are The Main Instinct Cast Members?

Alan Cumming

Instinct Cast

Renowned actor Alan Cumming from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and X-Men 2 plays the role of a profiling analyst, author and psychology professor Dylan Reinhart. He was cast on the 8th of February, 2017 and featured in all 22 episodes.

Alan Cumming has been in the show business since the 1980s to date. Passing Glory, a basketball drama film was his film debut and from this, he has gone on to make a name for himself in the industry, winning several awards. Some of his best films include Bernard and the Genie, Nicholas Nickleby, and Ghost Writer

 Bojana Novakovic

Bojana Novakovic made a strong achievement for herself playing Lizzie Needham, NYPD detective, and Dylan’s work partner. Unsurprisngly, her work was praised.

The Serbian-Australian actress who is also known for her role in Devil and The Little Death, owns an independent theatre company, Ride-on Theatre which has produced a good number of theatrical films including The Story of Mary MacLane by Herself. 

Daniel Ings

Instinct Cast

Daniel Ings is Andrew Wilson, Dylan’s partner, and husband. A lawyer by profession, he helps those in need of legal assistance.

Daniel has also played significant roles in a good number of films like Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Eddie the Eagle and TV series The Crown,  Lovesick and  Black Mirror. The English actor studied theatre studies at  Lancaster University and graduated in 2008.

Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews

Naveen Andrews plays Julian Cousins. He is a friend and ex-colleague to Reinhart and supplies him data and computer assistance in the course of these cases.

The British-American actor has taken on numerous roles including Sayid Jarrah in the drama series Lost, and Sanjay in the science fiction film  Rollerball.

 Sharon Leal

Instinct Cast,  Sharon Leal

The talented actress plays Jasmine Gooden, Lizzie’s supervisor and NYPD lieutenant. She may be Lizzie’s boss but she’s also her confidant and friend as she tries to solve cases.

Sharon is an American actress and singer who has also received notable roles in films like This Christmas, Why Did I Get Married Too? and Dreamgirls,

A recurring Instinct cast also includes Whoopi Goldberg as Joan Ross in Season 1. Micheal B. Silver, John Mainieri, and Travis Van Winkle.

Other Facts You Should Know About the TV Series

  1. Cumming’s character is said to be unprecedented, being the first openly gay lead cast on a network drama.
  2. Author James Patterson also executive produces the show alongside Rauch and six other producers.
  3. Rauch tweaked some bit of material in the book to make the show.
  4. Instinct is Micheal Rauch’s creation based on Patterson’s novel. It’s run 24 episodes.


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