ABC will let freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue finish out their 13-episode seasons before giving them the ax. The network recently picked up two additional scripts for each show, but decided to pass on a renewal due to underwhelming ratings. Co-creators Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Karl Gajdusek spoke recently on the challenges of keeping the rogue submarine drama Last Resort afloat, but the network has torpedoed it. (Apologies for the nautical puns; I’m out of my depth.)
Fans of the show will be able to see the first season of Last Resort, starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, air in its entirety in its original time slot of Thursdays at 8pm. Don’t feel too bad for Ryan, who has the Beverly Hills Cop series in development at CBS with Eddie Murphy and Brandon T. Jackson attached. Ryan also has a U.S. Marshal project underway at TNT. Hit the jump for more on the demise of 666 Park Avenue and the upcoming slate of new shows on ABC.
The cancellation of 666 Park Avenue comes as less of a surprise than that of Last Resort, which was averaging over 7 million viewers in its Thursday night lead-off spot. The time slot isn’t a particularly friendly one, as THR reports, since Missing, My Generation and the Charlie’s Angels reboot have all met their ends there in recent years. The Sunday 10pm time was no better for 666 Park Avenue, the thriller starring Terry O’Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor. As more of a soap-skewed network, ABC was hoping those elements of 666 Park Avenue would draw in viewership, but an average of 5 million viewers proved that wasn’t the case.
ABC has yet to announce its mid-season line-up and, as such, has not singled out replacements for the vacated time slots. Their new mid-season comedies include How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) and Family Tools, while dramas Zero Hour, Mistresses and Red Widow are also on the docket. In addition to The Neighbors, freshman drama Nashville has also been ordered to a full season. Scandal also managed a full-season order, while ABC has picked up additional scripts for Reba McEntire’s Malibu Country and Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing.