Will Shawn Ryan's 'Last Resort' Air More Episodes Than His 'Terriers' Did? (Poll)

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September 27th, 2012

Shawn Ryan's Terriers ran for 13 episodes on FX during the Fall of 2010. Despite hopes for a Christmas Miracle, its low ratings doomed it to cancellation. However, in a lemons to lemonade transformation, FX chief John Landgraf turned the ill informed rage of the TV critic media into hugs all around in a masterful exhibition of PR jiu jitsu.

Shawn Ryan is also the executive producer of ABC's Last Resort, which premieres Thursday at 8pm in what many of our commenters term ABC's "death slot".

The roster of recent failed ABC dramas from that Thursday 8pm timeslot is long, but the number of their aired episodes is short: Missing (10 episodes), Charlie's Angels (8 episodes), My Generation (2 episodes), Flash Forward (22 episodes).

Since 2009, only one ABC drama in that timeslot has aired more than 13 episodes, and none has survived into a second season.

Will Last Resort break the trend?

You make the call.


  • jessica

    o sweet … i hit on a prohibited word i didn’t know was banned here. So much for that comment.

    Last Resort is the most anti-American show i have ever seen. And its American!! I honestly wonder how long before Shawn Ryan is detained under the PATRIOT Act. Finally a show that isn’t all puffery ‘America is the best in every way’. It will probably offend some Americans but ROW will probably relate to it.

    Knowing the right show to let marinate is what these executives get paid to know. Almost never do they get it right. NBC dropped JAG and CBS let it marinate and grow into a collection of shows which have been on CBS for 15 years and show no signs of ending soon and have formed the foundation of their dramatic programming. ABC, NBC, and FOX are all very good at letting that ‘JAG’ slip through their fingers.

  • Agnes

    The Pilot was fantastic. But there are so many factors working against it scheduling and audience wise, I’m just not sure it can make the numbers. Would be great if it could…

  • Dan S

    After RVN this is next most anticipated show of the fall season I’ve been waiting for. It’s good counter programming to the other nets & feel it has a decent shot of getting 2.5 & probably place 3rd after CBS & Fox.

  • Steph

    Wasn’t 10 pm on Wednesdays also considered an ABC death slot?.. but Revenge did quite well considering. MISSING was horrendous, and I heard Charlie’s Angels wasn’t much better. Flash Forward was confusing, but Last Resort looks like it could have broader appeal. I could be completely wrong, but I think it’s gonna do just fine.

  • Richard

    thanks bill! >:)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t networks prefer scripted shows to unscripted shows if ratings are marginally better due to the possibility of syndication? I mean, I could be way off here, but isn’t that what justifies, for instance, the fact that ABC is messing up with a sucessfull, cheap, unscripted Friday lineup by inserting there the two multi-cam comedies? Or am I totally wrong?”

    More complicated than that.

    Networks profit = advertising rev (correlated to adults 18-49 ratings) – cost.

    Unscripted shows cost a *lot* less than scripted.

    TV Studios that produce the shows stand to make piles of money if a scripted show produces enough episodes to sell into syndication. If that TV Studio is the corporate sibling of the network, the network is motivated by that fact.

    However, Last Resort is produced by Sony. ABC has no motivation to keep it on the air other than the advertising revenue it can earn from its timeslot.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Wasn’t 10 pm on Wednesdays also considered an ABC death slot?”

    It’s pretty easy to find commenters that will claim any timeslot that their favorite canceled show was in was a “death slot”.

    It’s basic Fan Excuse Bingo.

  • omabin


    Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense. Still, if a show is close to syndication the effect is the same, because if the TV studio lowers the cost that the network pays enough (hoping to them get it back through syndication), the network would then have a cost that I think should be in line with unscripted, no? I am actually not talking about Last Resort anymore, as I am aware this argument doesn’t make sense until a show is close to the 88 episodes. But for instance, wouldn’t you say that Fringe likely has a cost for Fox on par with a cost for an unscripted show?

  • ABCFanatic2012

    Of course it will!

    This is gonna be a hit for ABC!

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ” Still, if a show is close to syndication the effect is the same, because if the TV studio lowers the cost that the network pays enough (hoping to them get it back through syndication), the network would then have a cost that I think should be in line with unscripted, no?”

    Certainly the studio is motivated to lower the fees, and we’ve seen where that has produced renewal results that wouldn’t be indicated by current ratings, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say “a cost in line with unscripted”. That’s assuming facts, as they say, not in evidence.

  • Ram510

    What they should do is move this show to Tuesdays @ 9 and move Happy Endings/Apt. 23 to 8. I know that seems crazy with TBBT and now 2.5 Men there now, but with GOON and New Girl doing well at 9 they are kind of canceling each other out so why add a 3rd comedy there to compete? At least NBC Thursday block is dying and you only have CBS comedies to compete with

  • sarah nz

    More than 13 for Last Resort as I liked the Pilot.
    May the ABC gods have patience – what else can they put there ??

  • Chris

    At least there’s now A show on ABC that appeals to men. That alone could be good for Last Resort.

  • omabin


    Thanks or the replies!

  • AniMatsuri

    To be fair, Missing was only a 10 episode season(that was one of the reasons they were able to get Ashley Judd) to begin with. Had they done 13 it probably would have lasted that long.

    Overall, I tend to avoid TV shows/movies that critics gush over. That, and being a former US submariner, I see the writers inserting themselves into the story instead of how a real sailor would react.

  • Paul

    Last Resort is trending on twitter.

  • SmG

    More than 13, this may be a keeper…

  • Brian

    Saturdays – BBT, 2 and a half men, Scandal and giving Elementary a shot.

  • Brian

    and Last Resort… cant believe I left out the one that the thread is about lol..

    I think Last Resort will preform better than people expect.. Probably a 2.6 or 2.7 debut. If it settles quickly (which I think it will due to the storyline) it could be renewed at around a 2.2. I think this show will gain more viewers over time due to the unique storyline that will cancel out the natural decline from the first season. So if it debuts 2.6 and ends at 2.2 it will be a renewal.

  • Hugh

    Lets go Season 2!

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