ABC waited as long as they could to bury this story over the weekend, but the sad news is coming out now: “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue,” despite both improving creatively over the past several weeks, are officially no more.
Both shows struggled in the ratings almost from the get-go, and they each also fell victim to being in timeslots that also sunk new shows last year. “Pan Am” only lasted until early this year before being replaced by “GCB” on Sunday nights (which also got canned), whereas “Last Resort” inherited a timeslot that previously destroyed such shows as “Missing,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and the stunning bomb known as “My Generation.” Unlike “Partners” on CBS (which was also canceled earlier today), these shows will finish airing the rest of their initial 13-episode order. (ABC had ordered more scripts for each show, but these will not be filmed.)
We’re sad for both shows, mostly because it is always sad to see people lose their jobs in what is an incredibly competitive market. We are especially sad that “Last Resort” was almost doomed from the start going up against “The Big Bang Theory” powerhouse, as it was arguably the best new drama on network TV this season anchored by the incredible Andre Braugher, who needs a break after “Men of a Certain Age” also got canned by TNT after two seasons.
With the end of “666 Park Avenue,” this marks the second straight year that a show starring a former “Lost” series regular did not make it past a full season, as “Alcatraz,” which starred Jorge Garcia, was axed by Fox earlier this year. Thus far “Lost” alumni are hit-or-miss with their new shows, with Michael Emerson (“Person of Interest”) and Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-0”) being two of the biggest success stories.
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