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The verdict is in on the Canadian courtroom drama Street Legal.

The CBC announced over the weekend it has decided not to continue the series beyond six episodes.

Monday’s episode was to be its last.

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The show made its debut in March and was a reboot of the original Gemini Award-winning series that ran from 1987 to 1994.

Cynthia Dale starred in both the original series and the new incarnation, which saw her lawyer character working at a small upstart.

While the original version was a hit, the CBC said the reboot didn’t pull in the ratings it had hoped for.

“We are proud of Street Legal, which had a strong creative and producing team and cast led by the talented Cynthia Dale,” Sally Catto, CBC’s general manager of programming, said in a statement.

“After thoughtful consideration, we have made the difficult decision not to continue beyond six episodes. While the series resonated with a smaller audience than we had hoped, the finale on Monday is a must-see for the show’s dedicated fan base.”

Airing on CBC TV and the CBC Gem streaming service, the new Street Legal also starred Cara Ricketts, Steve Lund and Yvonne Chapman. Other returning cast members included Eric Peterson and Anthony Sherwood.

“I will always be head-held-high proud of this show; I will always, always know in my gut that it was a really good show; and I will always, always, always hold the incredible joy we had when we filmed this deep in my heart,” Dale said via Twitter on Saturday.

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Former CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge, who is married to Dale, expressed disappointment with the cancellation on Twitter.

“I’m biased, but it feels like killing a quality Canadian show in a one-and-done fashion is short-sighted,” Mansbridge said on Saturday.

“Good content can build support over time, by peer-to-peer influence. Smart investment in quality needs to be patient, otherwise the CBC loses the plot, not just a show.”

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