For the People Canceled at ABC After Two Seasons

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For the People, a legal drama from Shondaland will not return to the network for a third season.

The second season of the drama ranked among the lowest of ABC's series.

Lack of Confidence - For The People

Starring Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Anna Deavere Smith, For the People first debuted midway through the 2018-19 season.

For the People was created/executive produced by Paul Williams Davies who had previously written episodes of ABC's hit Scandal.

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The premise of the series saw the drama unfold in the Southern District of New York Federal Court aka "The Mother Court."

It followed new laywers who had the opportunity to work both the prosecution and defense as they found their career footing.

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Like all Shondaland series, their careers handling high-profile cases with even higher stakes were rounded out by the intersection of their personal lives.

Although it wasn't a breakout hit, it did feature strong performances and compelling storylines. It was a hit with its loyal following and reportedly by those who counted at ABC, but that couldn't dispell the poor ratings.

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For The People Quotes

Some of you won't succeed. Some of you are not worthy.


Kate: You're not allowed to eat in here. There's a sign out front.
Jay: I didn't see it.
Kate: Ignorance is no excuse.
Jay: You're a prosecutor, aren't you?