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:
News is true. No Back 9 for #LastResort. We will film and and air all 13 episodes. We're going to give you no-holds barred kick-ass ending.— Shawn Ryan (@ShawnRyanTV) November 16, 2012
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.