ABC Cancels ‘Forever’, ‘Resurrection’, ‘Cristela’ and ‘The Taste’
With the joy of a bunch of renewals comes the sorrow of a similar batch of cancellations.
The decisions came late, as ABC struggled to finalize a lineup for the 2015-2016 season. With an average of roughly 7.9 million viewers, it didn’t seem like Forever would be cut, particularly considering it had solid DVR playback numbers. But ABC apparently didn’t see the merit in keeping it on the lineup. Ditto Cristela, which brought in an average of 6.1 million viewers, and Resurrection, which earned 6.9 million viewers. Realistically, neither show really sounds like a failure off-hand, but I guess ABC has higher standards for renewal this season, especially given the shows they could have coming down the pike, like the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff.
Entertainment Weekly has further details on some of the new shows ordered this season:
The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.
Basically, ABC had to clear a lot of room in its schedule, leaving the network with the tough decision to cancel a whole bunch of shows people might have actually liked. I can say I’m genuinely surprised at the axing of Forever and Cristela, although I’m not sure I can pinpoint why. Those just felt like multi-season series, so to see them axed in Season 1 is a shame. Still, for all we know, ABC could have the next big thing on their hands in their new lineup. I mean, I’m not going to hold my breath or anything, but it would hardly be the most outrageous thing if ABC actually managed to find a hit among its new shows. For their sake, I hope they’ve got something up their sleeve.
But what do you think of the cancellations? Was this the right move for ABC, or a colossal blunder? Let us know in the comments!