By 2007, Paul Haggis had become a sought-after screenwriter and director in Hollywood after helming the box office hit and best picture “Crash,” released in 2005 (via IMDb). After “Crash”, Haggis tried his hand at writing various projects for Clint Eastwood (“Flags of Our Fathers”, “Letters From Iwo Jima”) and the “James Bond” series (“Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”). But Haggis’ real follow-up came in the form of “The Black Donnellys,” a New York show that marked Haggis’ return to television after years of working on series such as “Walker, Texas Ranger” and Due South. “
Created with “Crash” co-writer Bobby Moresco, “The Black Donnellys” follows four Irish brothers who find themselves navigating the criminal underworld of New York City. Jonathan Tucker directed the series, and it also marked a debut role for Olivia Wilde. Sadly, it was scrapped in its first season, leaving just 13 episodes for fans to binge when it was finally released on DVD (via IMDb).
“I watched it while it aired. The acting was solid. Great writing. And only a few episodes aired. I was so WTF when it got canceled. I’m still talking to people about this show,” wrote l Reddit user u/BearTheBoroBlower in a thread about the best shows of a season. Another commenter, u/joeyvesh13, compared the show to “The Sopranos” and called its cancellation “shattering.”
“Ugh, I’m still salty. I rewatched this recently, and I’m so confused as to why it got canceled,” u/greenweights added. While fans may never know how the story would have ended had it continued beyond the first season, at least they can take comfort in the fact that they aren’t mourning the abrupt end of ” The Black Donnellys”.