'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.

 
  • Ultima

    @Monkey
    syndication models are changing too. Once upon a time 100 episodes used to be a magic number, now it’s down to 80

    88.

    Things change, and broadcast TV is slow to enact any of it.

    Nonsense.

    Until broadcast and cable networks start buying shows for syndication with significantly fewer episodes than 88, why should the production companies and broadcast networks operate differently?

    This is no different than the whining about the Adults 18-49 demo.

    The networks and production companies goal is create a product that they can sell. People like you seem to think that they are wrong for doing so.

  • frodo

    Its a Shame 666 Park Ave was getting better and IMO had some potential, Last Resort was the best new show of this season but unfortunately both of their slot were overloaded with competition, I expected it to come but not this soon….. sad!!!

  • Monkey

    @Ultima I’m not whinging about anything, just observing for story and show that long seasons are not sustainable for all shows. I have never once even implied that broadcast networks or production companies shouldn’t be making money. You are reading too much into what I said.

    All I did was say that things have to start changing for broadcast TV to remain competitive. Slowly things are, but I will stand by my statement that reliance on the 22-24 episode model is not sustainable for the premise of a number of shows. This is not an excuse for TV shows failing, not saying that broadcasters shouldn’t cancel shows or anything. Just observing TV as it stands now.

  • tjw

    Looks like my theory that the second round of cancellations was just delayed by late start/election/Sandy was right. I’m a little surprised we’re finding this out now, though that might have to do with the fact that additional scripts were ordered in the first place.

  • alffan

    The network TV model is going to have to change. One thing is these overnight ratings are becoming useless with so much DVR penetration.

    I agree with some folks who mentioned a 13-episode thing with a conclusion. I really loved Persons Unknown on NBC – although it did end with sort of a conclusion and then open ended. Ditto for Missing. At least there was some resolution.

    You have to wonder whether the mini-series model might not be a bad idea for some of these networks. A start, beginning, and ending in maybe 2 or 3 hours of the week that are devoted to this could work.

    If the show absolutely works, then bring it on for another cycle like American Horror Story.

    I agree that I believe viewers would be more likely to stick with a show if they knew they weren’t going to be left hanging. I invested in so many shows that did that and it really pissed me off (Reunion topped that list).

    Seriously, how would the movie biz do if you spent $20 and you had no ending. Everything needs a conclusion…

    Also, doing mini-series could likely attract much more significant acting, writing, and producing talent since there aren’t long term commitments.

    Someone has to fix this broken down model.

  • Juan

    too bad for 666 park avenue, i liked it, it was getting interesting

  • BxActor

    Finally !!!

  • mike

    I kinda like 666. It was different. I’m sorry to see it go so soon.I watched every episoide. I hope they give it some type of closure.

  • Ian

    That’s it I’m done watching freshmen series unless they get a second season. I can’t handle falling in love with a show and then it getting cancelled too soon. The only shows I’m sticking to are Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Revenge. Not watching anything else including new series. I should of started this last year when it became apparent Ringer was going to get cancelled, and when GCB got cancelled. ABC knew they were going to cancel LR after its second episode they should have made it a mini series and given the writers time re-tool to this format. Same with 666.

  • alffan

    Here are some shows that were probably could’ve fit the mini-series mode and could’ve been told in 13-22 episodes and should’ve had a proper ending (some of them sort of did):

    Awake
    The Journeyman
    Reunion
    The Event
    Invasion
    Missing
    Flash Forward
    Jericho
    Now And Again
    The Fugitive (new version)

    These are just some – but you get the idea.

  • Bee

    sad, but expected.

    i heard ABC really liked the episodes of red widow that were made. not sure if it’s true, but i hope it’s good. if it is true, it might get a good slot.

  • HalCapone

    Me sad about Last Resort and 666 but America has spoken. Apparently, Last Resort was a gift to Big Bang which is just an okay comedy that has exceeded its expiration date. Kudos to ABC for putting something different (other than a cop or law procedural) on the air that was quality–one of these days, in my fantasy world, quality programs will garner big ratings.

  • Ultima

    @Monkey
    I’m not whinging about anything

    I didn’t say you where, I was just using that as a similar example of misplaced blame.

    The broadcast networks aren’t slow to change because there is nothing that should be causing that change.

    Shows failing because they can’t sustatin 22 episodes a season isn’t a reason to go with shorter seasons, it’s a reason to go with different shows.

    Cable networks being happy with syndicating shows with only 65 episodes (four airings per year for one weekly strip) would be a reason for networks to want shorter seasons for their shows.

  • Aaronjoannides

    Well how could you abc could of just gave last resort a chance oh but no you just cancel it ):

  • Josh

    I hope Nashville gets moved to 666 Park Aves old spot. I think Revenge and Nashville would pair well together.

  • Ultima

    @HalCapone
    Apparently, Last Resort was a gift to Big Bang which is just an okay comedy that has exceeded its expiration date. Kudos to ABC for putting something different (other than a cop or law procedural) on the air that was quality–one of these days, in my fantasy world, quality programs will garner big ratings.

    I’m sure there’s a newsgroup posting somewhere in the Usenet archives that says the exact tsame thing, except using Friends and whatever show failed airing against it.

  • peter

    shows that abc press releases should not be taken seriously…
    they were excited about the increase in the timeslot freshman drama last resort had and against the hit big bang theory…

    some hours later they cancel it…

    press relase and cancel department must communicate more.

  • Ultima

    @Aaronjoannides
    Well how could you abc could of just gave last resort a chance oh but no you just cancel it

    ABC ordered the script, order the pilot, ordered it to series and put it on the fall schedule.

    Last Resort got a chance.

  • Monkey

    @Ultima I understand what you’re saying and agree with you to a point, but I also disagree that broadcast television shouldn’t be actively guaranteeing competitiveness by putting their best program forward, even if it cannot sustain the 22-24 episode structure that they crave.

    You know if broadcast TV, and production companies, went for shorter seasons syndication would also be forced into change. It’s a chicken/egg argument that we cannot resolve, not even the suits can :).

  • Ultima

    @Monkey
    You know if broadcast TV, and production companies, went for shorter seasons syndication would also be forced into change. It’s a chicken/egg argument that we cannot resolve

    I don’t see it as a chicken/egg argument.

    If there is a desire by the broadcast affiliates and cable networks to start airing shows entering their fourth season (~66 episodes) in strip syndication, that would eventually lead to the lowering of the threshold and make it possible for 13- to 16-episode series to be picked up after a reasoable timeframe.

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