ABC Cancels Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue

Happy Thanksgiving, cast and crew of Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue! Now you can bury your sobbing face in a plate of mashed potatoes, because your shows have been canceled. After what's been a fairly gentle season for new shows, ABC swung its axe hard and fast today, saying goodbye to the nuclear sub drama and the haunted apartment building horror.

You can feel disappointed all you want, but you shouldn't be surprised. Both shows were struggling, and many thought this week's performances were critical to their respective futures. How did they respond? Each posted a dismal 1.2 rating in the adult demo this week. But if you need a silver lining, both series will finish out their initial 13-episode orders, so maybe we can get a little closure. Personally, I'd love to see Marcus and Sam turn their nuke keys and flatten Curry's house with 200 tons of radioactive material.

Last Resort, which I thought was the best new network show of the season, was ambitious, serialized, and challenging, exactly the kind of show that fails on network television. It couldn't have been a cheap show to make, which probably contributed to its sinking. Creator Shawn Ryan can now focus his attention on his modern-day Beverly Hills Cop project, which will probably get a series order at CBS.

UPDATE: Here's Mr. Ryan's response to the news, from Twitter:

As for 666 Park Avenue, its problems seemed to be more on a creative level. The show never found its groove or served up the promised scares, and was outshined by the rest of ABC's strong Sunday lineup (Once Upon a Time and Revenge).

These are ABC's first two cancellations of the season. The Neighbors and Nashville have both received full-season orders.

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so the neighbors gets picked up but not last resort? WTF
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they can kill last resort as much as they want, it's so so lame, typical uncerebral show, I hate all this war/military show that americans enjoy, yuck.
On the other hand stopping 666 is a real bad news, I was so exited to following Jane on her jumping time and the show started to get more and more interesting.
I will really never be agree with the motivations of the people in charge to decide to stop or to continu a show, it's so illogical to me ! feel sad :(
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another proof to why americans are stupid. you reject anything that is remotely exciting, that actually stimulates your brain.
All can be resumed into this: "Grrr! Me american, me dont like to think, me like to smash rocks with head or watch trash shows that are ... well... TRASH".

GOODBYE good shows ! RIP : Stargate, The event, Eureka, AWAKE, House, Weeds, Chuck, Fairly legal, Damages, Bleach etc.
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I would have to agree. Last Resort, only reason to even watch anything on ABC. Matter of fact.. I hadn't even heard of ABC till Last Resort started playing on it. we should petition USA to pick it up. Then I would get NCIS, and Last Resort on the same channel.
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I watched Last Resort to spend quality time with my husband at first but started to enjoy it. Too bad to see it go and that stupid X Factor, Nashville and the Voice get to stay. Now as for 666 Park Avenue, oh my, a show with that title on prime time tv was just never ever going to fly. It might have had a chance on HBO or even FX. Maybe someone will pick up the show
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Gee this American TV network is so full of shit. They cancelled a promising show that holds a lot of inspiration to the Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster, Crimson Tide if it was ever made into a TV series. It could even become the next 24 only on an Island filled with a lot of disgraced navy sea men and women seeking to clear their names and return home.
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Oh come on people. They're keeping "The Neighbors" and "Nashville" alive and they're killing "Last Resort"? I get that Nashville looks too American, so they keep it, but The Neighbors?? What is it they want? Viewers aged 5-7, cause only kids in that age MAY like this shit.
I'm not saying that Last Resort was an epic show with zero faults. It had a great story and a nice plot, everything could just get better and better. I just don't get U Americans.
Haven't watched "666 Park Avenue", so I can't say anything about it.....
RIP Last Resort. btw it was a nice resort
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Give me a break! 666 is a GREAT SHOW! I DO NOT watch reality shows, so to watch a scripted show that is so good makes me happy. Another station maybe..Come ON FOX, TBS. Somebody pick up 666 Park Ave!!!
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I concur!!!! I hope someone else picks up 666 Park Ave. It is my FAVORITE new show this season.
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Last Resort was the best new show this season. It's unfair for it to get the axe, but it's hardly the first good show to get cut short and I highly doubt it'll be the last.
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well at least i can stop watching now after just one show no point wasting my time watching the rest
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Not surprised at all, I really gave both shows a chance and watched them, but felt letdown and disappointed. 666 had a good cast but was poorly written and directed. Last Resort was going nowhere fast and again did not connect with any characters. To me Revolution, Elementary and Go On are the best new shows. Vegas should go bye bye as well, Chiklis is the only redeeming thing about that show. I really like Mob Doctor even though it's on it's way out.
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from your comment, it goes to show you know nothing about entertainment.. Revolution????? Jesus.. Revolution has got to be the worst show ever, the acting is ridiculous, last resort was a breath of fresh, good cast, good storyline. What is the world turning to, i guess its expected, good shows get cancelled while idiotic shows get renewed.. We watch Lat resort in Nigeria and believe me its loved nationwide
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Sebastian that's your opinion and I'm fine with that. But I am entitled (under the freedom of speech act) to have my OWN opinion.
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Which Act is Freedom of Speech in? The 2nd or the 3rd act?! Because I was under the impression that Freedom of speech was a RIGHT, one afforded to us, by THE BILL OF RIGHTS. See this is why we can't have good things...
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Why Last Resort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best new show of 2012 by far!!!
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WTF, Last resort was the best show I've seen in a long while and they just went ahead and cancelled it. Anyone with half a brain could tell LR was a quality show with pretty strong acting and an gripping plot (if maybe somewhat implausable), WHYABC !?
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I'm really sad to see this show go, it has great cast and its quite good. :(
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Damn unfair...First Boss, then 666 now Last Resort...
All the good shows get cancelled:(
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This Sucks. Not so much because of 666 PA, but LR was a great show. There aren't many dramas that are well written, well acted, and as in depth as LR. The only other show that compared to this for me was Walking Dead. Hate to say it, but American "adult viewers" are stupid. They would rather watch Real Housewives, or talent show searches. Guess the rest of us have to suffer and stick to our Tom Clancy novels and video games like COD for good War drama.
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Well ryan is a good enough writer I bet he wrote a hell of an ending and knew there was a good chance this would happen so made sure that he could tie up everything nicely and give the show a nice send off. At least you hope. Hate those shows that end with loose ends cause networks gave up on them.
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I notice my post got deleted. Disappointing, but not surprising.
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I like these types of shows, and I recorded both on tivo. However, I couldn't get into the stories and stopped watching both after 3 weeks. Perhaps if I watch more television, then I would have found the time.
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Oh, for crying out loud. First Boss and now Last Resort. Finally a show that brought something new and special to the table - with great performances and a beautiful setting.
I guess some people wouldn't recognize a good show if it slapped them in the face.
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What the hell?? Boss got cancelled too??? I haven't heard that. Now I'm three times as sad. What a phenomenal show. That's all kinds of ass,
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I actually enjoyed 666 and found it entertaining... I'm pretty sick of this though, every time we start watching a new show, chances are getting greater that it will be cancelled half way through the season.....pretty soon I'm going to stop watching until the shows actually reach their 3rd season.....the dumber shows get renewed right away.....I wonder why??
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yeah dude, that's why comcast or any other version of on demand are great.
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i like 666 park avenue :(
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Last Resort gets cancelled but Nashville gets a full season? What are they smoking at ABC?
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Its not ABC, its the sample group they base their census off of...and i know, it blows right!?
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Nashville is excellent. Last Resort is better, yes, but there are other ABC shows I would've preferred to see go instead.
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Nashville is very good and so is Last Resort. ABC declined the "Move it, or lose it," problem probably on purpose because it's an expensive show to make. But I am optimistic that Last Resort will go out in style...
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or get picked up by a rival network with money and a time slot to fill
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This is exactly why I didn't watch Last Resort this year. I learned my lesson with Awake last year. I will now be giving every show the one year trial before I decide to watch it. Call me the problem, but I just don't have the time in my life to get invested in shows that won't make a second year, no matter how good they are.
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Last resort just came out at a bad time, 1st half of the year there is total junk for adult viewers besides True blood and Spartacus, Now we have walking dead, dexter, criminal minds, American Horror story, mentalist etc etc. This show should of been released beginning of next year and it would of outshined most of the other trash thats on TV during that period.
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Last Resort would have been better served on Fox. They are better at selling the government conspiracy shows.
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Exactly! They could have pointed out that the evil government is a democrat government and WIN-WIN. We get our show, they get their propaganda.
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The TV and news division of Fox aren't really connected...
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i think someone should make a deal and sell his soul to the devil to save the last resort ..
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I'm arranging a meeting with Crowley.
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Lol
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Last Resort is of the best new shows this season. Sad to hear it was cancelled. ABC should have tried another time slot, it might have had better luck.
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I find this hard to believe but yet again another decent show gets cancelled right away...
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Although I liked Last Resort, the only thing expensive about it were the 2 minutes of special effects and the cost of filming in Hawaii. Ninety percent of the show took place in the village and the radar station. The show was taking too long to get going. You can't plan on a five year arc when you can't gain an audience after 6-7 shows.
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666 Park Avenue: NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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Same thing they did to "the gates"
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While I do like and watch 666 Park Avenue, I'm not surprised that its being cancelled. What I am SHOCKED over is the fact that Last Resort is being cancelled. I just don't get it. Last Resort has been one of the smartest new shows this season. WHY?
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Because both of these shows have consistently been getting the worst ratings on the network (ABC), together with Private Practice, which also got cancelled. It was obvious after only a few episodes that this show wouldn't make it to the second season. I still had some hopes that it would get a full season if they canceled both PP and 666, but I'm not surprised that it didn't.
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So what does this mean for the DeadPool? And what poor show is ABC going to shove in its Thursday at 8:00 Death Slot in the Spring?
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I just don't get it! I should stop watching series... Last season it was Awake, this time Last Resort! Everything I like is doomed...
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If it's on NBC, it's worth the risk. If someone at NBC likes a show, they'll take a beating in the ratings to give it time to connect with audiences. Awake seemed more like the exception, rather than the rule, for an NBC show. Usually NBC will give it a full season, and with some cult favorites, two or three seasons.
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As a mid-season replacement, Awake wasn't intended to run more than 13 episodes.
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I watched the first episode of Last Resort and loved it. The second episode was ok. And then .... I found myself wondering where the show could possibly go short of a complete resolution of the whole mess with the US government. It would have made a great made for tv movie, but as a series, I couldn't see what could possibly be done to sustain interest beyond a few episodes, as has been expressed by others here.
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It doesn't mean that we shouldn't stay and find out where it goes, does it?
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I liked 666...sad that it is canceled, but hey...what doesn't canceled this days....so getting used to it....!! At least glad that they finish the first season with a good ending, without questions...so still going to watch it...Last Resort never watched it...
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I have to say: I saw it coming. The reviews of 666 were never very appetizing and I never got into it. Last Resort had an epic first episode, but my interest did go down after a few more episodes. Finally I gave up watching after episode 5, because somehow after the episode, I was no longer interested what would happen next. Normally, when I like something, I can't wait 'till next week, but now... I don't know what happened. And then when I heard the ratings weren't very good, I was kind of glad I had already quit watching. Nothing sends me over the roof as much as a show you love getting canceled! #TSCgrief
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For shame...
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From our submarine we have watched as the fabric of trust between the TV networks and its viewers has been torn and when this boat dared to question why a show with the capability to elevate our evenings, was to be destroyed, elements of this TV network ignored the 150 volunteer sailors on my boat. And then these same elements continued on their course, our first strike unprovoked, we’ve all born witness.

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Andre Braugher should call Obama and brag about his show) Like Kinney did telling Gaga about his) may be ratings will return
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I'm really sad to see LR get the axe. Sad but not surprised. A thrilling Shawn Ryan show with the always excellent Andre Braugher in the lead role and a strong supporting cast behind him? Surely no one would be interested in that. Rats, my favorite new drama of the season dies an early death. Fringe is on the way out. Community is still a no-show on the schedule and with no Dan Harmon at the helm anymore. There's little or no joy in TV Land at the moment. Also, I echo the complaints about how awful the text boxes are here. Come on, folks, your designers can give us more than two lines to work with.
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WHat a shame for the André Braugher show Last Resort, he's great and the stories are compelling.
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666 PA could have worked if the writers were willing to take crazy and shocking risks, and the plot progressed @ a WAY faster rate that is did (witches wouldn't hurt) but none of that happened and at the end of the day no one wants to think that a Thanksgiving dinner with family is more horrific than the devils hotel...just saying. Terry O'Quinn is so great tho!
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I don't even care anymore ANDRE BRAUGHER IS A KING!!!
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how do u keep crap like revolution and cancel last resort. doesnt make sense.
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god damn idiots! leave last resort alone!!! cancel the shows that really suck
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Yep you dont like Revolution but they stay, you loved Last Resort but they GO.

I explain why, Last resort was good, but limited in is idear, claustrophobic in a way. But Revolution is an open world, open to any possibility, just need for the authors to learn how to write better scripts :)
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I knew it the all idea of Last Resort was stupid from the start I just surprise it lasted so long
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Noooooooo, i like both shows!!! and for last resort i will regard it as a mini series like band of brothers and the pacific
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