9 Reasons ‘Instinct’ Deserved a Third Season (PHOTOS)

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One of a Kind
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Dylan’s the first gay leading character on a US network drama

“It’s incredible, and awful, that it’s taken this long,” Cumming told TV Insider prior to the series’ premiere in 2018.

Trust Issues
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Dylan and Andy’s relationship

When the series began, Dylan and Andy were already married, but since then, they’ve gotten to watch each adapt to the changes their career paths — Dylan to the NYPD, Andy leaving behind law to open a bar (and now looking to return to his previous field) — have meant for their relationship. But through it all, they’ve remained steady, and it’s been wonderful to watch a stable relationship play out week-to-week.

“Because of Instinct, millions of people will have seen a same sex marriage portrayed for the first time and I hope we changed and opened some minds in the process,” Cumming wrote in the caption of his Instagram post about the series’ cancellation.

Trust Issues
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Dylan and Andy are about to become fathers

The couple just found out they’re adopting a baby boy in Episode 10, and now, sadly, unless we get a montage of flashforwards at the end of the finale, we’re not going to get to see these two as parents. We may not even get to meet their baby either.

Trust Issues
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Dylan and Lizzie’s partnership

At the center of the series is their partnership, and Season 2 did a good job of highlighting how important it is to both of them, through an undercover assignment and check-ins even while he was on the Sleeping Beauty Killer case. (She didn’t become part of the investigation into the serial killer until the manhunt in Episode 9.)

One of a Kind
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Dylan’s CIA past could be its own show

The series has touched on Dylan’s past with the agency a few times over the two seasons, but it looks like it’s just starting to do so in quite the interesting way with the return of someone he thought he’d killed at the end of the penultimate episode of the series.

Ancient History
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Lizzie and Julian’s relationship

Their relationship has hit quite the snag lately, due to his secrets, but there’s still hope for them, especially once he and Dylan get to the bottom of the Episode 10 cliffhanger. That is, of course, assuming Pasternack’s return doesn’t lead to Julian’s death.

Manhunt
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More Ryan

Detective Stock has clearly been set up to stick around in New York, considering the weak excuse to keep him around to do paperwork onscreen in Episode 10. There have been hints at a possible relationship between him and Lizzie; Travis Van Winkle told TV Insider, “there’s definitely a spark there.”

Go Figure
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What about the other detectives?

More episodes would mean more chances to learn about the rest of the team, such as Harris (Michael B. Silver), Fucci (Danny Mastrogiorgio), and Zack (Stephen Rider).

Pilot
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Dylan’s fun lectures

Prior to becoming a consultant with the NYPD, Dylan followed up his career at the CIA with a job that kept him in the classroom. But even while he’s solving cases, he’s still a professor — and we’ve gotten some entertaining lectures (with visitors, like Ryan).

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[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Season 2, Episode 10 of Instinct, “Trust Issues.”]

CBS’s summer procedural, Instinct, is ending after two seasons.

The series creator, Michael Rauch, announced it was canceled on Friday on Twitter. He thanked stars Alan Cumming and Bojana Novakovic “for making Dylan & Lizzie more everything than I could have ever hoped” and thanked “our incredible crew, cast, writers, producers & all who helped make our show, with respect, talent & kindness.” He also made sure to mention the fans, “for your love, loyalty & excellent taste.”

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Cumming also posted on social media about the cancellation, reminiscing about joining the show. “While I’m sorry I won’t be getting to play with [Novakovic] and the rest of the amazing cast and crew again, I’m grateful for two seasons of fun and gore and feeling like a dandy thanks to [Dan Lawson’s] costumes, and selfies with corpses and vegan options at catering and Lala’s occasional guest appearances in the police station when she got bored in her basket beneath my desk.”

There is still one episode left of the series, but we already know we’re going to miss it. Click through the gallery above for why this CBS procedural drama deserved another season.

 

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So the word is out. @instinctcbs will not be returning for a third season. Almost exactly three years ago I was sent a galley copy of a book by @jamespattersonbooks and @howardroughan and then I met the show runner @mbr34 who was to adapt it for TV and I jumped in. And I’m still in, for two more episodes tomorrow and the last one ever next Sunday. And while I’m sorry I won’t be getting to play with @bojnovak and the rest of the amazing cast and crew again, I’m grateful for two seasons of fun and gore and feeling like a dandy thanks to @danlawsonstyle’s costumes, and selfies with corpses and vegan options at catering and Lala’s occasional guest appearances in the police station when she got bored in her basket beneath my desk. I’m also proud to have played the first ever leading character in a US network drama who is gay. Yes, really. Because of @instinctcbs millions of people will have seen a same sex marriage portrayed for the first time and I hope we changed and opened some minds in the process.

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Instinct, Series Finale, Sunday, August 25, 9/8c, CBS