ABC has decided not to continue The Company You Keep, a drama series led by Milo Ventimiglia as both star and executive producer, for a second season. The show was produced by Disney TV Studios’ 20th Television, but it didn’t meet the network’s expectations in terms of ratings.
Unlike the other two midseason 2023 shows on ABC, Will Trent (a drama that’s been renewed for a second season) and Not Dead Yet (a comedy that’s expected to be renewed), The Company You Keep didn’t perform well enough to justify a renewal.
Despite the cancellation of The Company You Keep, it’s worth noting that Disney has a long-standing connection with Milo Ventimiglia. He moved on to this ABC drama after a successful six-season stint as the lead on This Is Us, which was produced by Disney’s 20th Television for NBC.
Additionally, given that The Company You Keep only debuted in the middle of the season, there was speculation that ABC might offer a partial order for a second season in hopes of helping the show build its viewership.
ABC Cancels Milo Ventimiglia’s ‘The Company You Keep’ Due to Poor Ratings
ABC has made the decision to cancel three series, including The Company You Keep, Big Sky, and Alaska Daily. The only drama series on the network that hasn’t had its fate determined yet is Rookie: Feds, which may have a better chance of being renewed now that these cancellations have been announced.
The Company You Keep, based on the Korean show My Fellow Citizens that had over 30 episodes on KBS2, followed the story of con man Charlie, played by Milo Ventimiglia, and CIA agent Emma, played by Catherine Haena Kim. The two fall in love after a night of passion, unaware that their professional paths are on a collision course. As Charlie tries to get out of the “family business” for good, Emma is closing in on a dangerous criminal who has control over Charlie’s family debts. The show also featured William Fichtner, Tim Chiou, Freda Foh Shen, James Saito, Sarah Wayne Callies, Felisha Terrell, and Polly Draper.
Executive producers and co-showrunners Julia Cohen and Klemmer, along with Ventimiglia and Russ Cundiff from DiVide Pictures, and Jon M. Chu and Caitlin Foito from Electric Somewhere, and Todd Harthan and Lindsay Goffman, were all involved in the production of the show. The pilot episode was written by Cohen, directed by Ben Younger, and executive produced by Younger as well.