At the beginning of March, France Télévisions announced the change of its program schedule with the switching of two flagship detective dramas of France 3, Capitaine Marleau and Alex Hugo, on France 2, as well as the cancellation of the series. Mongeville and Commissioner Magellan.
A news that did not delight Francis Perrin, who had played the main role of Mongeville for seven seasons: “It’s a shame. I feel like I’ve been punished for doing a good job, for being successful. It is very depressing. I was not even called to tell me it was over “, he said in an interview with Ciné Télé Revue. “Fired for success, I didn’t know it existed. “
A form of contempt for him, but also “for the many viewers who love this series“, he believes. “It proves that all these people who are in offices completely ignore the public.”
Despite its solid audiences, the detective series, which gathered between 4 and 5 million viewers for each broadcast (an average of 20% of PDAs) suffered the consequences of the desire for renewal within the fictions of France TV, as Anne Holmes, director of the group’s fiction, explains.
“We have too many things that work. At one point, if we don’t launch new fictions, we will purr. We must renew ourselves. But to launch new products, you need space (…) I am therefore obliged to stop series that are ten years old, even if they are a hit.‘, she declared to our colleagues from Leisure TV in February.