'Last Resort' and '666 Park Avenue' Canceled by ABC

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November 16th, 2012

The Cancellation Bear is beginning his Thanksgiving feast a week early. Just a few hours after the cancellation of Partners, two more shows have been axed. Per The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has canceled its freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue. Each show will air all 13 episodes that were shot, but will not continue beyond episode 13, despite the additional scripts that were ordered. There is already some speculation that Nashville could take over 666 Park Avenue's time period. We will post more details as they become available.

 
  • Chris

    No more new shows for me. Sick of good shows being canceled all the time. We need ENDINGS! You don’t start a story and not finish it. Mine as well stick to books, and movies.

  • Christina

    Moving Nashville to Sundays? Would be a great move, I think it would really help their somewhat struggling ratings.

  • Bookworm

    And I really did like Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue was growing on me. I knew this was going to come and with Last Resorts horrible rating last night, I’m not shocked. I’m glad to know that it will be able to run its 13 episode order. I’ll enjoy it until the end.

  • Kit Kat

    ABC you really suck, first my soaps are gone, now your taking this 666 Park Ave, Geez what is wrong with you people. I am so done with ABC…

  • tahina

    Can’t say I’m surprised, but am for it took ABC this long.

  • dryr

    666 wasn’t bad, but blatantly advertised it’s lack of long-term storyline. Last resort was awful starting with pronunciating scantily clad female crewmen with special treatment.

  • tv#1

    Too bad. They are/were both good shows. I wish they could stick around, but we all saw it coming. At least we will get to see all 13 episodes of both series.

  • r0ckmypants

    @dryr

    1. “Pronunciate” isn’t a word.
    2. What scantily clad crewMEN?

  • I like this show

    Goodbye ABC see you in another 8-10 years when you have something that interests me again. Dear AMC or FX PLEASE pick up Last Resort. Hell FOX even pick up last resort..CBS?

  • Mary 1

    I think Nashville would really work well on Sundays. It’s got that slower moving soap opera like element that has worked for ABC in the past with Desperate housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

    With the way shows get cancelled I do think many people don’t even bother to try out some of them until they’re pretty sure the networks are committed to them. I think this is especially true with some of those continuing drama shows. People don’t want to get caught up in them only to have the shows yanked before reaching any kind of resolution.

  • Cody

    Last Resort was a poor man’s version of Boardwalk Empire. The plot is interesting, but I don’t care much about the characters. You need fantastic writing and acting to overcome this problem, but Last Resort was only pretty good in the writing category and bad in the acting category.

  • Doug

    so are both shows done filming? or will they be able to wrap it up?

  • Ultima

    @Mary
    With the way shows get cancelled I do think many people don’t even bother to try out some of them until they’re pretty sure the networks are committed to them. I think this is especially true with some of those continuing drama shows.

    I haven’t noticed this behaivor at all.

    Is there any recent example of a serial drama that has had its ratings increase after the network gave it a back-nine pickup or second season renewal?

    What I think is happening is that people are checking out these shows and then just not remaining interested in them, which the sharp post-premiere ratings declines indicate.

    Ignore the tiny vocal minority on the internet and look at the numbers.

  • Doug

    I’m still surprised that ABC gave The Neighbours a full season. I think that their Wednesday declines are largely attributable to that show ruining the flow of the night, much like Partners did for CBS on Monday. Given that Suburgatory is not benefiting at all from having that MF lead-out, and that ABC desperately wants that second night of comedy (which is the only reason I can think of that HE and Apt23 have not yet been pulled), ABC might be wise to move Suburgatory to lead-off Tuesdays as soon as DWTS vacates. I think that ABC has some interesting pieces, but their line-up is a mess, and until they figure out what to do with DWTS, it’s not going to get much better.

  • Doug

    ABC also put tonnes of promotion behind Last Resort, including running commercials during the previews of the opening night of The Dark Knight. You can’t give a show a much bigger chance than that.

    I checked out the pilot and bailed.

    Since DH and GA became huge hits back in 2004/2005, ABC went extremely female-centric, and the only more male-centric show on the network that survived during that frame was Lost (whose demos were pretty much equally split). I’m not so sure that ABC would have picked up Lost had it come along just one season later, when they were going full throttle towards the demo that worked for them. In the end, ABC just doesn’t have a place for a show like Last Resort, which was not at the same caliber of Lost to begin with.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Last Resort was doomed from the premiere episode, frankly. The show was just too implausible. It had nothing to do with time slot or anything else but implausibility and too much rah-rah soldier worship. They should have spent way more time on the conspiracy theory behind it. Even in the latest episode, it’s vague references and no reveals.

    At least we get to see where it goes up to episode 13.

    I didn’t even bother with 666, although the cast did intrigue me a bit.

  • TVGuy

    It’s sad that a show as great as 666 Park Avenue got cancelled. I saw it coming a mile away, but still. I will never know why it pulled such low ratings.

  • John

    Last Resort went from an awesome show to an inconsistent, illogical mess. Not too sad about it. Gonna miss Reeser though.

  • Jeff R.

    As someone who has been enjoying Last Resort, I have to say I’m a lot happier with 13-and-an-ending than I would have been with 22-and-a-cliffhanger. And emmy recognition for Andre is at least plausible now that miniseries is morphing into canceled series cavalcade.

    Also, for short shows like this, Hulu+, Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video is the new syndication.

  • coon

    SUNDAYS

    8:00-9:00 PM Once Upon A Time
    9:00-10:00 PM Revenge
    10:00-11:00 PM Nashville

    This will be a solid night for them as Once will get a 3.0-4.0 throughout the season, and Revenge a 2.0-3.0ish, and if Nashville hovers around a 2.0, it has a good chance of being renewed.

    MONDAYS

    8:00-10:00 PM Dancing With The Stars
    10:00-11:00 PM Castle

    While Mondays might not be very strong in the spring, there are bigger problems on ABC. Maybe they can sub Shark Tank in their if DWTS tanks. Castle shouldn’t be too worried.

    TUESDAYS

    8:00-9:00 PM Dancing With The Stars
    9:00-10:00 PM Body of Proof
    10:00-11:00 PM Scandal

    This night might not be perfect, but it is a good step up compared to the fall schedule. Body of Proof could do okay as counter comedy programming, and fits alright with Scandal. If Scandal could be around a 2.0, renewal is almost guaranteed if the mid-season shows flop.

    WEDNESDAYS

    8:00-8:30 PM The Middle
    8:30-9:00 PM Suburgatory
    9:00-9:30 PM Modern Family
    9:30-10:00 PM How To Live With Your Parents
    10:00-10:30 PM Happy Endings
    10:30-11:00 PM Apartment 23

    A 3 hour comedy block wouldn’t do that bad. Suburgatory being in it’s old spot would help the 8 o’clock hour out, and help Modern Family with a stronger lead-in. If Modern Family goes up, i can see How To Live With Your Parents doing about good enough for renewal and hopefully being a good lead-in for Happy Endings. I think the 10:00 o’clock hour will do around the 1.5 area, with Happy Endings being sold to another network (possibly TBS) and Apartment 23 being most likely cancelled, unless a miracle save of another network picking it up happens.

    THURSDAYS

    8:00-9:00 PM Zero Hour
    9:00-10:00 PM Grey’s Anatomy
    10:00-11:00 PM Red Widow

    This night with probably be similar to the fall ratings, at least in the 8:00 o’clock hour. Red Widow could suprise and be a somewhat hit like Revenge if it’s steady.

    FRIDAYS

    8:00-8:30 PM Last Man Standing
    8:30-9:00 PM Malibu Country
    9:00-10:00 PM Shark Tank
    10:00-11:00 PM 20/20

    REPLACEMENTS FOR A COMEDY: The Neighbors, Family Tools

    Fridays should stay relatively the same with The Neighbors or Family Tools subbing in if one of the comedies flops in the spring.

    Overall, i think this would be a good schedule and hopefully a turn around for ABC after a lack-luster fall. Please comment and tell me how my schedule is.

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