This Life cancelled by CBC after two seasons

The tears and laughter shared by the Lawson family is no more. This Life will not return for a third season on CBC.

“It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to our viewers, as #ThisLifeCBC will not be returning for a third season,” the drama’s Facebook page read on Tuesday afternoon. “Thank you for your loyalty, it has been an honour bringing you this show. May the Lawson family live on in your imaginations.”

“I was, of course, hoping to continue the story, but I’m grateful for the two great seasons, for the chance I’ve had to collaborate with a brilliant team of writers, for an amazing producer in Virginia Rankin and everyone at Sphere Media, and for an incredibly talented cast and crew,” Kay said in a statement to TV, Eh? “And thank you to our loyal audience who engaged so passionately with the show online.”

Adapted from Radio Canada’s Nouvelle Adresse by showrunner Joseph Kay, This Life starred Torri Higginson as Natalie Lawson, a single mom of three kids who is told her cancer has returned. Natalie struggles with the prognosis while dealing with the daily struggles of motherhood, a job and a family that doesn’t always get along. This Life also starred Rick Roberts, Lauren Lee Smith, Kristopher Turner, Janet-Laine Green, Peter MacNeill, Marianne Farley, Louis Ferreira, Julia Scarlett Dan, Stephanie Janusauskas and James Wotherspoon.

In a bitter twist, This Life is nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards: Best Dramatic Series and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Smith.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and owner of TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from hundreds of television series from Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He is a podcaster, public speaker, weekly radio guest and educator, and past member of the Television Critics Association.
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5 thoughts on “This Life cancelled by CBC after two seasons”

  1. Isn’t it traditional for cancelled shows to be up for CSAs (and their predecessors?) I seem to recall it happening a lot… a peculiarity of the Canadian TV industry.

  2. I liked the show but it is cruel that this show has been cancelled (not planned) yet is up for Best Drama while X-Company (whose current final season was planned) was not nominated for Best Drama

  3. Unbelievable. Bad decision. Best drama CBC has produced to date. Back into the cobwebs of yesteryear for our national broadcaster. Perhaps Rick Mercer can replace Peter Mansbridge if you need to economize but why cancel a good thing when it’s working?????

  4. I very much liked this TV Drama. Well produced with top-notch performances. Tori Higginson was a joy to watch.

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