A continuation of the 1989 film of the same name, Turner & Hooch debuted last July and wrapped up its 12-episode freshman run last October with a cliffhanger, teasing a potential second season. However, ComicBook.com reported earlier this week that the streaming service has opted not to renew the buddy cop series for a second season.
Created by Matt Nix, the legacy sequel series centers on Scott Turner (Josh Peck), an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshal who inherits a big unruly dog named Hooch that soon becomes the partner he needs. Scott is the son of Detective Scott Turner, the character portrayed by Tom Hanks in the original 1989 Turner & Hooch movie.
Aside from Peck, the show also stars Carra Patterson as Jessica Baxter, Scott’s brave, street-smart partner; Brandon Jay McLaren as Xavier Wilson, a cool, enigmatic marine-turned-US Marshal; Anthony Ruivivar as Chief James Mendez, Scott’s boss with a secret soft spot for Scott’s new dog; Lyndsy Fonseca as Laura Turner, Scott’s sweet, animal-loving sister; Jeremy Maguire as Matthew Garland, Laura’s dog-loving son; and Vanessa Lengies as Erica Mouniere, the quirky head of the US Marshals dog training program.
Just a few days before the cancellation news, McLaren hinted at the show’s fate when he retweeted a Twitter post from a fan with the comment, “Don’t hold your breath. You’ll die.”
Don’t hold your breath. You’ll die. https://t.co/PbKBBzNmfs
— Brandon Jay McLaren (@brandojay) November 28, 2021
Also prior to the cancellation news, Reginald Veljohnson, the only actor to appear in both the show and the original movie, revealed that the show’s producers were trying to find a new home for the sequel series.
“Well, as far as I know, they’re trying to sell it to another network or something like that. That’s what I heard,” VelJohnson told ComicBook.com when the topic of Turner & Hooch season 2 came up. “But as of now, it’s not going to be picked up, I don’t think. It was fun to do. And working with the actors was great fun and I hope so, whatever they decided to do I’m with it. It’s okay. I enjoy doing the sequel and, hopefully, we’ll have some time to do it again. But if not, I was glad for the experience.”
While some fans would find the cancellation surprising, others kind of expected the show’s demise. For instance, Roger Palmer of WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com felt that the series suffered from “a bit of an identity crisis, with its first few episodes simply being spoofs of established movies like Die Hard and the original [Turner & Hooch] film, before getting becoming more a traditional cop show. But because of the limitations of it being a Disney branded show, it couldn’t do the storylines properly, resulting in a rather bland cop show.”
Meanwhile, Christian Bone of We Got This Covered, thought that procedural shows, in general, simply don’t perform well on streaming services. “While police procedural shows are a hit on traditional network TV, they’re not thought of a particularly popular genre on streaming,” wrote Bone.
The original Turner & Hooch movie and the entire season 1 of its sequel series are currently streaming on Disney +.