Jeremy Piven's series Wisdom of the Crowd cancelled amid sexual assault allegations

Calvin Saunders
November 29, 2017

CBS has opted against any future episodes of freshman Sunday 8 p.m. ET drama "Wisdom of the Crowd", starring Jeremy Piven, after the initial 13.

The series had an average of about 8.3 million viewers tuning in every week, although its high ratings may have been tied to its time slot. Those numbers aren't great, particularly the one among the age-range beloved most by advertisers.

"Wisdom of the Crowd" centers around eccentric tech innovator Jeffrey Tanner (Piven), who creates a crowd-sourcing website to help him solve his daughter's murder. It's unlikely he'll ever find the killer now. "Proud of the work we did and we will Finish out our 13 episodes with full hearts!" he tweeted.

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Actress Ariane Bellamar accused the former leading man of groping her on the set of HBO's Entourage and was soon followed by other women alleging they endured similar behavior from the actor. CBS said it was investigating the allegations, which Piven has denied. A third accuser, advertising executive Tiffany Bacon Scourby, came forward on November 9, detailing a forced encounter with Piven in 2003.

Piven confirmed the show was being canceled via his Twitter account Monday afternoon. Actress Anastasia Taneie revealed to BuzzFeed that Piven groped her breast and genitals as he forcefully pushed her against a wall when she was working as an extra on Entourage. "As a human being, I feel compassion for the victims of such acts, but I am perplexed as to the misdirection of anger with false accusations against me and hope they do not detract from the stories that should be heard".

Piven did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. The tests show that Piven "showed no reactions indicative of deception", and passed on his answers to all questions.

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