I'm really enjoying the AMC show Rubicon, though I know there have been very mixed reviews. Before I'm left with a whole bunch of questions that will never be answered (had that with FlashForward and Mercy), can you tell me what the chances are for a renewal? — Elaine
Matt Roush: My crystal ball is about as murky on this subject as the storytelling is on Rubicon. At this point, it could go either way. Though you're right that many critics are split on this one — I'm still watching, but am ambivalent about it — the show does have its passionate advocates, and AMC has a reputation up till now of nurturing its shows, so it's not always about the numbers, though it is often about the buzz. And is there any for this show, really? I'm not so sure. Cable networks in general are less quick to pull the plug, for better or worse, and I imagine that will be the case here. It may be a while before AMC has to make the call on this one, and it could come down to what else AMC has in its pipeline and whether the programmers feel they need to keep it around. At the very least, I hope the producers wrap this season on a note of closure to the clover-leaf conspiracy, while keeping the door open for more stories at API should they be so lucky.