CBS Just Canceled Its True Lies Reboot

The CBS True Lies reboot series has been canceled after one season.

By Britta DeVore | Updated

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As we head into the spring season, networks will be forced to make major decisions when it comes to what stays and what goes. While we’re still holding our breath when it comes to series like The CW’s The Winchesters and Walker: Independence, CBS has made the tough call to ditch their action show, True Lies. Deadline reports that after only one season, the network has called it quits on the series reboot of James Cameron’s beloved 1994 film of the same name. 

The big reveal comes just days after the network put the kibosh on its six-season running drama, S.W.A.T. only to reverse their decision and resurrect the Shemar Moore-led series, giving it one final season to wrap up the storyline. While S.W.A.T. has proven itself to be a major hit for the broadcaster, True Lies never quite took off in the same way. Although it gained a slight following, it never grasped a broader reach, finding itself as CBS’ lowest-rated scripted series of the season. 

First brought to the big screen by the legendary James Cameron, the original True Lies starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis and was not only a top earner at the box office but also a favorite among fans and critics. Unfortunately, the series adaptation fell short of expectations with Steve Howey and Ginger Gonzaga stepping into the big shoes of Schwarzenegger and Curtis. 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies

A tale of crime and espionage, True Lies followed Harry (Howey), a top spy for the United States intelligence agency Omega Sector. Equally established, his wife, Helen (Gonzaga) is an esteemed language professor who gets the shock of her life when she discovers that her husband has been leading a double life. Also starring in the series were Erica Hernandez, Omar Miller, Annabella Didion, Mike O’Gorman, and Lucas Jaye.

Along with True Lies, CBS also bid adieu to the Amanda Warren-led crime drama East New York which followed Warren’s Deputy Inspector Regina Haywood, the leader of a station in a Brooklyn neighborhood. As she tries to steer the officers in a new direction, longtime cops don’t appreciate the newbie’s approach and try to knock her down from her position. Like True Lies, the series will soon bow out with its season finale which will instead become its series finale. 

Although shows like True Lies and East New York are facing the sharp ax of cancellations, this is also a time for renewals and first chances. In the next few weeks and even months, we’ll be finding out what projects will be moving forward with new favorites just around the corner. However, with the WGA strike raging on, it’s unclear how that will exactly affect the future of what audiences can expect from both the small and big screen. 

As we say farewell to True Lies, audiences will again be greeting the return of fan favorites like 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, NCIS, Ghosts, Survivor, and many other notable titles. You can catch the series finale of True Lies when it airs on CBS on May 17.