Former Chicago Fire star Charlie Barnett’s current series Valor has been cancelled by The CW after the military drama’s first season.
Barnett, who played Peter Mills in the first three seasons of Chicago Fire, co-starred on Valor as Ian Porter, the boyfriend of the show’s main character Nora Madani.
He was one of two One Chicago alums on the project, as Chicago Justice writer April Fitzsimmons was also part of the writing staff of the show that focused on two U.S. Army helicopter pilots after a top-secret mission gone wrong.
Valor‘s cancellation was not a surprise. The show had struggled in the ratings after its debut in October. Its first season finale, which aired on Jan. 29, was only one of four episodes out of 13 to reach over a million viewers.
Additionally, actress Christina Ochoa, who played the central role of Nora, took a starring role in the ABC pilot A Million Little Things in February. That pilot was given a first season order by ABC on Wednesday afternoon.
Though Valor would have had priority on Ochoa’s time, it’s never a good sign for the fate of any TV series when your star is taking roles in other shows.
It’s the second short-lived role for Charlie Barnett, though. Since being written out of Chicago Fire, he was a series regular in the second season of ABC’s mystery Secrets & Lies. His character was the brother to the character played by future Chicago Med actress Mekia Cox.
But since Secrets & Lies was an anthology series, Barnett’s character wasn’t going to continue after season 2. And the show was subsequently axed by ABC after its second season anyway, which rendered that point moot. It’s too bad, because as Fire fans can attest, Barnett is a pretty good actor who deserves better luck.
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It’s too early to say where Charlie Barnett will land next, but hopefully he’ll find a TV role that he can stay with for more than a season. If nothing else, perhaps he could drop by Firehouse 51 for a visit and tell us how Peter Mills is doing running his family’s restaurant.
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