ABC Cancels V, Off the Map, Five More

Where to start? The good news? Okay. Happy Endings, ABC's late entry to the season, has been picked up for a second season despite scheduling obstacles. Critical praise and reasonable ratings helped push the show into renewal territory. Also renewed were the new Dana Delaney medical examiner series Body of Proof and reality show Shark Tank.

But after it granted those three renewals, the network headed to the slaughterhouse. ABC bested Fox's five simultaneous cancellations with six seven of its own, though most of them weren't expected to come back. V, Detroit 1-8-7, Mr. Sunshine, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, and Brothers & Sisters were all let go, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Of that lot, only V and Brothers & Sisters weren't freshman series. Great, now we'll never know what Queen Anna was going to do those miserable Earthlings!
[UPDATE] Better With You was also canceled.

The biggest casualty of the bunch has to be Brothers & Sisters which as recently as last week was rumored to be returning for a final season (though with possible cast cuts to keep the series within budget). But it looks like ABC has new plans for Sunday night, greenlighting the drama Good Christian Belles (formerly Good Christian Bitches) to accompany Desperate Housewives, and let's face it, that just makes sense.

It's a busy day for pickups and cancellations, so if you'll excuse me, I have a million more bits of news to write. In the meantime, tell us which of ABC's cast-offs you'll miss the most!

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