For the People cancelled at ABC

Object all you want, it’s still case closed for Shondaland’s For the People: After two seasons, ABC has cancelled the struggling legal drama, our sister site Deadline reports.

Set in the Mother Court (aka the US District Court for the Southern District of New York), the series starred The Secret Circle alum Britt Robertson and The Leftovers grad Jasmin Savoy Brown as public defenders enduring one trial by fire after another against a crackerjack team of prosecutors. As of May 9, For the People was the network’s second lowest-rated drama; down 18.65 percent from its freshman season, its average demo rating was a measly 0.51.

The sprawling ensemble cast also included Hope Davis, Ben Shenkman, Anna Devere Smith and Vondie Curtis-Hall. Younger hottie Charles Michael Davis was added to the lineup at the offset of Season 2 as the new investigator in the public defenders’ office. Among For the People’s executive-producing team were series creator Paul William Davies, Shonda Rhimes of course and Grey’s Anatomy/Station 19/How to Get Away With Murder EP Betsy Beers.

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FOR THE PEOPLE - "The Boxer" - Sandra is tasked with negotiating a plea agreement for a homeless man accused of trespassing a national wildlife refuge. However, she later suspects that he might have been involved in a more serious offense and enlists Ted to help her investigate. Meanwhile, Roger and Jill's relationship is tested when the prosecution is forced to subpoena Sandra after learning she may have further knowledge of the crime. Elsewhere, Seth starts spiraling out of control after accidentally stealing evidence in a drug case on "For The People," THURSDAY, APRIL 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) BRITT ROBERTSON
FOR THE PEOPLE - "Moral Suasion" - Allison defends a man arrested for selling illegal cigarettes and is determined to get him released without bail. Elsewhere, Judge Byrne is called to jury duty where his excitement for a chance at experiencing the criminal justice system from another perspective is quickly tempered by the harsh realities of the process. Meanwhile, Sandra is still emotionally recovering after sending her client to prison for murder on "For The People," THURSDAY, MAY 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth via Getty Images)JASMIN SAVOY BROWN
FOR THE PEOPLE - "A Choice Between Two Things" - On Election Day, Jay turns to Kate and the team for help after his parents and other voters are illegally intimidated at their polling place. Meanwhile, Roger and Jill's relationship is at an impasse when Sandra learns that they are romantically involved and challenges Jill's judgement. Elsewhere, Seth gets assigned to the case of a lifetime, but his anxiety increases when he is appointed a bodyguard to help protect him, all while Sandra and Ted take their relationship up a notch on the season finale of "For The People," THURSDAY, MAY 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) BRITT ROBERTSON, JASMIN SAVOY BROWN, CHARLES MICHAEL DAVIS
FOR THE PEOPLE - "The Boxer" - Sandra is tasked with negotiating a plea agreement for a homeless man accused of trespassing a national wildlife refuge. However, she later suspects that he might have been involved in a more serious offense and enlists Ted to help her investigate. Meanwhile, Roger and Jill's relationship is tested when the prosecution is forced to subpoena Sandra after learning she may have further knowledge of the crime. Elsewhere, Seth starts spiraling out of control after accidentally stealing evidence in a drug case on "For The People," THURSDAY, APRIL 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) BRITT ROBERTSON, HOPE DAVIS, JASMIN SAVOY BROWN
FOR THE PEOPLE - "A Choice Between Two Things" - On Election Day, Jay turns to Kate and the team for help after his parents and other voters are illegally intimidated at their polling place. Meanwhile, Roger and Jill's relationship is at an impasse when Sandra learns that they are romantically involved and challenges Jill's judgement. Elsewhere, Seth gets assigned to the case of a lifetime, but his anxiety increases when he is appointed a bodyguard to help protect him, all while Sandra and Ted take their relationship up a notch on the season finale of "For The People," THURSDAY, MAY 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) BRITT ROBERTSON
FOR THE PEOPLE - "A Choice Between Two Things" - On Election Day, Jay turns to Kate and the team for help after his parents and other voters are illegally intimidated at their polling place. Meanwhile, Roger and Jill's relationship is at an impasse when Sandra learns that they are romantically involved and challenges Jill's judgement. Elsewhere, Seth gets assigned to the case of a lifetime, but his anxiety increases when he is appointed a bodyguard to help protect him, all while Sandra and Ted take their relationship up a notch on the season finale of "For The People," THURSDAY, MAY 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) BRITT ROBERTSON, JASMIN SAVOY BROWN, CHARLES MICHAEL DAVIS
FOR THE PEOPLE - "The Vast, Immovable Object" - The team in the public defender's office takes on the case of a young man accused of strangling a woman to death and are determined to prove him innocent. Meanwhile, Tina and Sandra go head-to-head after a man is arrested while transporting a body part through the airport. Elsewhere, Seth and Leonard grow closer after they are tasked with speaking to a conference of an unusually young group of future lawyers on "For The People," THURSDAY, MARCH 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Mitch Haaseth via Getty Images) NATE TORRENCE, BRITT ROBERTSON
FOR THE PEOPLE - "First Inning" - In the season premiere, Sandra, with the help of new investigator Ted, must defend a teenage gamer whose online argument leads to a police raid that ends with the death of a United States senator. A personal connection to the "swatting" case makes Roger determined to charge the teenager to the fullest extent of the law and pushes Kate to her limits in the process. Meanwhile, Jay is tasked with defending New York's most spoiled millennial from going to jail for her petty crimes on the season premiere of "For The People," THURSDAY, MARCH 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (Giovanni Rufino/ABC via Getty Images) JASMIN SAVOY BROWN, BRITT ROBERTSON, WESAM KEESH, HOPE DAVIS
FOR THE PEOPLE - "This is what I wanted to say" - Sandra defends a hydrologist accused of spying for the Chinese government, but the similarities between this and a former case she lost has her confidence shaken. Meanwhile, Jay faces his fears and goes up against Kate in a case involving a PTA president accused of selling drugs to students; and Allison receives a tempting proposition from her wine-forger client and Leonard reaches out to Kate for advice that culminates with a surprising confession, on the season finale of "For The People," TUESDAY, MAY 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Richard Cartwright via Getty Images) BRITT ROBERTSON
FOR THE PEOPLE - "A Choice Between Two Things" - On Election Day, Jay turns to Kate and the team for help after his parents and other voters are illegally intimidated at their polling place. Meanwhile, Roger and Jill's relationship is at an impasse when Sandra learns that they are romantically involved and challenges Jill's judgement. Elsewhere, Seth gets assigned to the case of a lifetime, but his anxiety increases when he is appointed a bodyguard to help protect him, all while Sandra and Ted take their relationship up a notch on the season finale of "For The People," THURSDAY, MAY 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) JASMIN SAVOY BROWN
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