La Brea Confirmed to End With Season 3 — Get Final Episode Count

The Harris clan’s time in that other Land Down Under is coming to an end.

NBC double-secret officially confirmed on Monday that La Brea‘s upcoming Season 3 will be the sci-fi drama’s last.

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At the time of La Brea‘s renewal back in January, there was talk that Season 3 might constitute the sci-fi drama’s swan song, seeing as the cast would be released from their contracts due to an abbreviated episode count. (That initial order of just six episodes was informed by the then-looming WGA strike, with the aim of writing/filming them all before any potential work stoppage.)

La Brea‘s farewell run will indeed span just six episodes, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 9/8c (where it will at least for a hot minute lead into the freshman drama Found). (Review NBC’s full midseason schedule.)

La Brea‘s sophomore season averaged 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating (with Live+7 playback). Out of the 11 dramas NBC aired last season, it ranked ninth both in audience (outdrawing only Quantum Leap and The Blacklist) and in the demo (besting both The Blacklist and Magnum P.I.).

TVLine readers gave Season 2 an average grade of “B+,” whereas Season 1 earned an “A-.”

When last we tuned into La Brea, Dr. Moore’s secret “back-up” portal started to malfunction due to damage caused by the stray bullets of a brief firefight. Everyone made a dash for the chamber’s exit, but Eve wound up trapped behind a heavy, locked door. And as the portal violently pulsed, Eve blipped away to… somewhere/somewhen. Concurrent with Eve’s mysterious vanishing, a bazillion auroras appeared in the sky outside, allowing people — and apparently dinosaurs! — from other eras to drop in on 10,000 B.C.

Though the survivors would seem to be fresh out of portals now, “this is a show about getting home. They’re never going to lose their desire to do that,” showrunner David Appelbaum told TVLine. “We’re not running back to a portal immediately, but they’re going to have to find a way home somehow, whether it’s through a portal or some other means.”

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