ABC Cancels Pan Am, The River, and Missing

By Tim Surette

May 12, 2012

The dude represents ABC.

The flight crashed, the Amazon dried up, and that backpacking kid might never be found by his mom. ABC has canceled a trio of dramas to end its busy day, saying goodbye to Pan Am, The River, and Missing.

We can't say that any of these cancellations come as a surprises. Pan Am was one of the season's period pieces inspired by the Mad Men craze. It didn't do that well, but it didn't do that bad, either. ABC opted not to order the back nine episodes after the show's initial 13 aired, but held off on officially canceling the show. Fans stayed positive, but it was a longshot to come back.

As for The River, well, I think we can safely say that a found-footage horror television series just doesn't work. I'll miss monkeys wearing random doll faces in the jungle, though.

Network executives, let Missing be a lesson to you. America is not really interested in 40-year-old female action heroes who spend all their time running after planes and falling to their knees to cry. But don't miss the thrilling conclusion when the series finale airs next Thursday on ABC!

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  • lillianparker7 Apr 15, 2014

    The River was something different, a new type of show, and I loved it. It was depressing that no one picked it up because it could have gone really far. Big whoop, not a lot of people watched it, hell, not a lot of people watched Castle during it's first season either! You must give a show at least two seasons, or else don't make it in the first place. I'm so sick of these stupid singing shows and cop shows, just shut the hell up and bring us a new type of show(Like THE RIVER) you easily entertained twats. -.-

  • haku Nov 06, 2013

    I loved the river, it was a really enjoyable show. Was it a great show no but it was enjoyable and had good solid acting in it, including Detective Lance from Arrow. Too bad I really wanted to know if they would get out at the end. And how certain relationships would pan out. Still it was good while it lasted.

  • AnnMarieRoger Nov 01, 2012

    GRRRRR.... I LOVED The River and you left us at a cliff hanger, then you go and cancel it??? ABC YOU disappoint so many people - shame on you! You can at least give us more season to finish up the story! BLAH on you!

  • katebaker5623 Jul 24, 2013

    u r so right i agree they r a dissapointment and they at least need to conclude the missing and the river shame on abc family

  • HaileyHall Sep 18, 2012

    I am so upset!!! Missing is my SHOW!!! They better be just playing about all this canceling this show!!!!!! I LOVE this show, because it kept me on my toes!!

  • BuskieBoy Sep 07, 2012

    I hated "The River" right away because it OVERUSED the shakey, hand held, doc camera work. I mean constantly. It was giving me a headache and became annoying real quick.

    I was surprised it wasn't cancelled sooner.

  • JoanneDegirol Aug 24, 2012

    OMG...I am Peeee'd off....They (ABC) are cancelling one the the best show's on TV...The River was my fav...grrrrrr double grrrrr!!!!

  • StephanieMick Aug 08, 2012

    I can NOT believe that they are not bring Missing back. That was one of the best shows in a long time!!

  • KimberlyTapp Jul 30, 2012

    such a shame was looking forward to Thursday nights with a great new show that had my attention. All great shows seem to not last long. What was the competition American idol?

  • katcouch Jul 06, 2012

    I can't believe they are cancelling The River, i just got done watching all the episodes and they were great.

  • articnights Jun 14, 2012

    Can't believe The River is cancelled! And Missing! Can the viewing public no longer focus on good quality tv? Too much reality TV has destroyed brain cells! All good programming is cancelled. Cable TV is the place to get quality TV and a good chance the show won't be cancelled before its time! grrrrr

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