It ended on a cliff hanger at the Gay Head Light, but fans of the reality show The Vineyard won’t be tuning in to find out what happens next.
A spokesperson for the ABC Family show confirmed this week that the docu-drama was cancelled by the network. There was no further comment.
The show put a spotlight on a group of 20-somethings, all on a quest to find themselves as they worked and played over the course of a Vineyard summer. Filming occurred last spring, resulting in eight hour-long episodes. The Vineyard premiered on July 23.
With picturesque Martha’s Vineyard as a backdrop, the show followed a cast that worked at the Black Dog Tavern and lived in a house on East Chop Drive in Oak Bluffs, The television program often filmed the guys and girls sunning themselves in the cooler spring months and splashing around the waterfront. Romantic entanglements, friendship loyalties and life decisions dominated the plot lines.
The season ended with some cast members announcing they planned to stay on through the winter while others went off in pursuit of other dreams.
At the end of the season, Nielsen ratings showed The Vineyard averaged 517,000 viewers over the course of the season and received a rating of 0.4.
Even when many questioned the authenticity of the show, most agreed that the glossy shots and aerial views of the Island were beautiful.
When the show wrapped last September, executive producer Dave Broome told the Gazette that he was “proud” of the show.
“I think we’re making a series that cuts through into a new genre for us — not just for us, but for the industry,” he said. “I hope we did [Vineyarders] proud at the end of the day and how we portrayed what the Island looks like.”