Eye of newt, a pinch of low ratings, and the blood of a thousand harsh critics—PRESTO! You got yourself the brew for an Eastwick cancellation. ABC has decided not to order additional episodes of the witchy drama, effectively shutting down the show for good once its 13-episode order expires, so sayeth Variety.
Eastwick never quite took flight in its Wednesday-night 10 o’clock time slot. The television adaptation of the film of the same name starred Rebecca Romijn and Lindsay Price as witches in a small town, but the promise of some sexy abracadabra wasn’t enough. Eastwick hit a series low in ratings last week and drew fewer viewers (4.6 million) than supposed doormat The Jay Leno Show (4.73 million).
I only watched the pilot, which I didn't really care for, so I can't speak to the quality of the series after half a dozen more episodes. But the decision to yank it isn't that surprising, given the show's reliance on a niche audience and middling reviews.
The Forgotten, however, performed its own magic by overcoming a horrid pilot and negative chatter to perform surprisingly decent on Tuesday nights at 10pm. I did a double take when I looked up the show’s stats and saw that 8.29 million viewers tuned in last week (though that may have been helped by its lead-ins, V and Dancing With the Stars, which topped 14 million viewers each).
In other ABC news, the network has passed on reality show Let's Dance, which was to air later this month. Thank God. Did we really need to see C-list celebrities reenacting famous dance scenes? No, we did not.
In the wake of Eastwick's demise, will someone please put Lindsay Price on a show that won't get scrapped? She's too hot not to be on TV. And congrats to Christian Slater, after the debacle that was My Own Worst Enemy. Gleam that cube, Christian!