ABC Family cancels The Middleman

By Tim Surette

Feb 20, 2009

Some power users here at TV.com are going to be really disappointed. ABC Family's The Middleman, a consistent favorite of some of TV.com's most dedicated users, will not be picked up for a second season. In a press release sent out by ABC Family, the network revealed that the series finale will be made into a graphic novel, dooming the television series.

The graphic novel finale will send The Middleman back to its roots; the show is based on a series of comics created by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost), who also birthed the television series. "The Middleman-The Doomday Armageddon Apocalypse" is set to hit bookshelves this July to coincide with ComicCon International.

The Middleman launched on ABC Family in June, and ran for 12 episodes (the unproduced 13th episode serves as the source for the final graphic novel). In the show, normal girl Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales) gets recruited by a secret organization to aid crime-fighter The Middleman (Matt Keeslar).

ABC Family also announced that the first season of The Middleman will be released on DVD in July.

You will be missed, The Middleman.

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  • LoganMoore Sep 22, 2009

    ABC fmaily is making room for shows like Secret Life and in might opion none of the new shows beat this one.

  • debzerics Mar 30, 2009

    I cant believe the show was cancelled. It seems that unless you have bathroom humor, gratuitous sex or nudity then the show doesnt fly. According to Jim, Gossip Girl, the Hills and the endless reality shows... I guess that's good television. Like most of you have aoready said there is nothing but crap on most of the time. I wish television would give good shows like this a chance. I guess unless you have a teenage having sex, talking about having sex or getting pregnant then its not good television. Shame on you ABC Family...I won't be watching you!!!!

  • dl4ever Mar 21, 2009

    this sucks!!the middleman was one of my favorite TV shows of all time. it's not fair that great TV shows like this are cut while other useless shows like lost do nothing. the middleman brings the best that a lot of shows don't. comedy, hot actors, pop culture references, just the best of the best. and they cancel this while shows that have no substance stay on. that's not fair.

  • heroesboy08 Feb 27, 2009

    I was very surprised about the fact that ABC Family had canceled both The Middleman and Kyle XY because even though they have a very strong following, they never really catch on. Also, I felt that ABC Family is turning into something a little bit like The CW, thanks to hits like The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Greek, and Lincoln Heights. As I've always said, cancellation doesn't really mean that a great TV show is gone forever. Shame on you, ABC Family.

  • wakkanne Feb 25, 2009

    That is so sad! There's so much they could have done with this show! I blame distribution and marketing. The Middleman would have been better suited for the Sci-Fi channel or TBS or even Spike. I loved the show and just got the graphic novel that started it all for Christmas. Guess I'll have to ask for the new graphic novel for my birthday. I wonder what the artwork will be like. The original comics? Or the tv series? I'm glad they're releasing it on DVD, though. I'll be sure to buy that as well. I know it's a long shot, but maybe if enough people buy the DVD and graphic novels, we could get a follow up TV movie or something.

  • jackchance00 Feb 24, 2009

    This show was great! I'll miss you Natalie. I don't understand why the best shows get cancelled: Firefly, Arrested Development... and now the Middleman. Sci-Fi should pick this up

  • gundamman666 Feb 24, 2009

    what is wrong with these people another great show killed before its prim joey birds of prey committed heck evan the news about kyle xy what the hell bring back middleman bring back the funny

  • biubz Feb 23, 2009

    Do these people even watch the shows before cancelling them? Or at least read some viewer opinions. This show was funny and refreshing and will be missed :(

  • tjaman Feb 23, 2009

    NOOOOOOooooooo!!!! :o

  • hrgaffney Feb 23, 2009

    Seems a shame a popular show like this is about to go.

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