Shawn Ryan, executive producer of the canceled CBS series The Unit, said that there was more to the show’s cancellation than just low ratings:
“Listen, if the show had been owned by Paramount and ‘Medium’ had been owned by 20th Century Fox, we’d be making the fifth season of ‘The Unit’ now,” Ryan said.
Fox owns The Unit and CBS instead opted to pick-up Medium, which it produces, after NBC canceled it this spring. Ryan also talked about what would have been had the show been picked up for a fifth season:
“We had a good pitch for the show. It was going to be like a whole new show,” he said. “Bob was going to be training some young people for a whole new organization. Jonas was finally going to be seeing his run end. The final season — and I figured if we got a fifth season that would be the final season — it was going to be a long final mission for Jonas. He’s not medically cleared. Mac has to go in and change the medical records so Jonas can keep up. We had a whole thing planned. It was gonna be good.”