NCIS LA star dealt blow as new show away from CBS drama is cancelled after one season

Fernanda Andrade took on the role of Lucila Marca, AKA Claudia Diaz, back in season nine of NCIS: LA. Introduced as the daughter to cartel kingpin Alfonso Marca, Lucila met her demise later in the season as Andrade bowed out of the CBS drama in bloody circumstances. The actor went on to star in Fox’s highly-anticipated drama Next earlier this year, but it’s now been revealed it’s a role Andrade won’t be returning to.

Next has been cancelled after just one season on the US network, according to Variety.

According to the publication, rising production costs combined with the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic played a major part in the decision.

The drama drew in an average of 2.8million viewers per episode but it wasn’t enough for Fox to keep the show going for another run.

And the decision came after just two episodes of the first season have aired – with the remaining eight going ahead as planned.

 

NCIS LA star Fernanda Andrade's new show Next can

NCIS LA star Fernanda Andrade’s new show Next cancelled (Image: GETTY/CBS/FOX)

NCIS LA star Fernanda Andrade in Next with Ozark's Michael Mosley

NCIS LA star Fernanda Andrade in Next with Ozark’s Michael Mosley (Image: GETTY/FOX)

 

Sadly, this means Andrade won’t be reprising the role of Special Agent Shea Salazar after the season one finale.

Next’s cancellation came at the same time as Fox decided to pull the plug on Filthy Rich as well.

The drama centres on an intriguing AI plot in which Homeland Security and a tech aficionado join forces to prevent the emergence of a rogue AI able to self-improve and threaten humankind.

The likes of Emmy-nominee John Slattery, The 100’s Eve Harlow and Ozark star Michael Mosley also appear in the series.

NCIS LA star Fernanda Andrade in Next

NCIS LA star Fernanda Andrade in Next (Image: GETTY/FOX)

Following the announcement, it didn’t take long for fans to vent their frustrations at the news.

“If it’s about the numbers, this seems a bit ridiculous and premature under the circumstances of a pandemic, sports and uprisings,” commented one fan on Twitter.

A second added: “This is precisely why I don’t watch broadcast TV anymore. Filthy Rich has only aired 5 episodes, while Next has only aired 2 so far, and cancelled.

“Why invest time and emotion for shows that get cancelled weeks after their debut?”

 

Another annoyed fan weighed in: “WTH?? #NEXTonFOX hasn’t even finished airing and its already axed. Highly anticipating its return once The World Series were over and now we get this devastating news. Not happy at all @FOXTV.”

“Well that sucks,” said a fourth. “I was liking Next. I honestly don’t know why networks bother with new shows.

“They put all that time into them & then cancel them before they even have a chance to get off the ground.”

While a fifth added: “Holy c**p, that was quick! I was really enjoying both of these shows.”

NCIS: LA, on the other hand, will be back on screens soon with season 12 – but shaken up by the complications presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

The season order for has been shortened to just 18 episodes from its typical 22 or 24-episode run.

NCIS has also been shortened in length for its 18th run with CBS only releasing 16 episodes.

NCIS: LA season 12 premieres on CBS on Sunday, November 8.