Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will not leave viewers hanging. Despite ABC pulling the plug on the freshman dramas last week, the brains behind both shows tell TVLine that they were given enough time to turn their respective swan songs into series finales. “We have time to tweak,” confirms Last Resort creator Shawn Ryan, adding that Episode 13 will indeed function as a full-fledged series finale.
666 exec producers David Wilcox and Matt Miller, meanwhile, tease that their Sunday spookfest “is building to a powerful and surprising series finale, where all your questions will be answered. We hope fans of the show continue watching all the way to the end of Jane and Henry’s incredible journey to the dark side.” Is it really the end for 666 though? DVR data released last week showed the ratings for the thriller’s Nov. 4 episode spiking a staggering 77 percent — raising hopes that ABC might un-ring the cancellation bell. The news prompted leading man Dave Annable to vent on Twitter that ABC “f—ed up” by axing the series. But it’s a decision the network appears to be standing by.
While ABC president Paul Lee calls the DVR surge “amazing,” it’s not enough to offset the show’s miniscule live numbers. “It’s wonderful to see the passion [these] shows have,” he says. “We just have to make sure we monetize it.”
ABC has canceled Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue, TVGuide.com has learned.
The network will air the remaining episodes from their initial orders of 13, but will not pick up any additional hours. No word yet on when the series finales will air.
Last Resort, which stars Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman as crew members of a renegade nuclear submarine, debuted in September to 9.31 million viewers and a 2.2 demo rating ,just a tenth higher in the demo than Charlie’s Angels, which failed to deliver last season in the same timeslot. Its most recent episode tied a series low of 5.8 million with 1.3 rating.
666 Park Avenue also consistently fell in the ratings, bowing to 7 million and a 2.2, well below Pan Am‘s 11 million and 3.1 in the timeslot last fall. The series stars Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor as an innocent Midwestern couple who get hired as resident managers of a spooky New York apartment building owned by Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn), who may or may not be the devil. Sunday’s episode matched a series low of 4 million with 1.3.
On Monday, ABC picked up country-fried drama Nashville for a full season.
Are you sad that Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will end?
ABC is adding to the seasons of four returning series.
The network on Friday picked up two additional episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family and The Middle, while adding an extra installment of Castle, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The news comes as the network opted to pass on the back-nine order for Shonda Rhimes‘ Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice, bringing an end to the Kate Walsh medical drama after its current sixth season.
With the orders, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family and The Middle‘s respective seasons will run for 24 episodes, while Castle tallies 23.
Also on Friday, the network picked up two additional scripts for both freshman dramas 666 Park Avenue and Shawn Ryan‘s critical darling Last Resort, which thus far this fall have been ratings underperformers on their respective Sunday and Thursday slots.
The fall TV season is coming, which means a lot of new shows will be vying for your attention over the next few months. But a few have already caught our eye, and they demanded we include them in a Top 10 list. So because they’re very convincing (incriminating photos, etc.), we’ve assembled a roster of shows that we’re calling our most anticipated new programs of 2012.
One note before we start, though, because we like to be honest with you guys. The slate of new shows this fall is… how do you say it? Not awesome. Comedy is especially barren, but the dramas aren’t looking a whole lot better. And the worst part is that our old lifeline, cable, is almost entirely silent on the new-shows front until 2013. Hence, there are lots of network programs listed below. Let’s face it, we were kind of spoiled last year.
But that’s okay, because many of the new shows feature familiar faces! Hey look, Matthew Perry! He used to be famous! And Dennis Quaid! He’s still in the business! And Connie Britton and Andre Braugher are stopping by network TV to show people how to act! So even if their series don’t turn out to be very good, at least you’ll be able to reminisce about their former roles.
10. Ben and Kate (Fox)
When it’s on: Mondays at 10pm starting September 17
Who’s in it: Nat Faxon, Dakota Johnson, Maggie Jones, Lucy Punch, and Echo Kellum
What it’s about: It’s about Ben and Kate, dummy! They’re brother and sister; the former is a vagabond dreamer and the latter is a responsible single mom working as a waitress. Ben comes back into Kate’s life after some time away and helps her raise her daughter Maddie (one of several adorable kids on new TV shows this fall), and Kate helps Ben get his feet back on the ground.
Why we’re excited about it: Faxon and Johnson are both pretty good on their own, but it’s their chemistry that makes this show fly. They seem like real siblings—you know, the kind who rub each other the wrong way but would rip out the throats of each others’ enemies. There’s a lotta heart here.
9. Vegas (CBS)
When it’s on: Tuesdays at 10pm starting September 25
Who’s it: Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis, Carrie-Ann Moss, Jason O’Mara, Taylor Handley
What it’s about: This 1960s drama is based on the life of Ralph Lamb, a Las Vegas sheriff who got all cowboy on the mobsters that were moving into the Strip.
Why we’re excited about it: Michael Chiklis finally goes back to playing bad, and Quaid has the potential to rejuvenate his career (though he’ll always be the guy who was injected into Martin Short in Innerspace to us). The sets look good, and TV can always use more men in big hats.
8. Hunted (Cinemax)
When it’s on: Fridays at 10pm starting October 19
Who’s in it: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Stephen Dillane
What it’s about: A hot female spy gets betrayed by her own people and hides out undercover as a nanny. But trouble finds her again.
Why we’re excited about it: It’s produced by the people behind The X-Files and U.K. series Life on Mars and Spooks/MI5! Plus, “hot female spy.” And she kicks ass if this trailer is any indication.
7. Arrow (CW)
When it’s on: Wednesdays at 8pm starting October 10
Who’s in it: Steven Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnel, Paul Blackthorne
What it’s about: It’s a gritty re-telling of the DC Comics character The Green Arrow, with enough abs for four Mr. Universes. Think of it as Batman Begins for The Green Arrow.
Why we’re excited about it: This ain’t no high-school teen party; people DIE. And the action sequences we’ve seen are tricked out with Parkour and serious stunts. Yes, it’s still a CW show, but it’s a lot darker than you’d think. Oh! One more thing: ABS.
6. Coma (A&E; miniseries)
When it’s on: September 3 and 4 at 9pm
Who’s in it: Lauren Ambrose, Steven Pasquale, Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss
What it’s about: I dunno, it’s pretty much a mystery! But a bunch of people in a hospital fall into deep comas and things get scary from there. Based on the story by Robin Cook.
Why we’re excited about it: This four-hour miniseries plays out over two nights, so commitment is minimal (and we’re all for that). But atmospherically, it looks like it has the goods to creep us out.
5. The Mindy Project (Fox)
When it’s on: Tuesdays at 9:30pm starting September 25
Who’s in it: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks, Anna Camp, Stephen Tobolowsky
What it’s about: Kaling ditches The Office for her own sitcom about an obstetrician (or gynecologist if you’re a pervert) who’s unlucky in love and super obsessed with romantic comedies and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan and other people like that.
Why we’re excited about it: Kaling’s one of The Office‘s brightest talents, and there’s more to her than Kelly Kapoor. Messina is looking like a promising sitcom asshole, too!
4. Elementary (CBS)
When it’s on: Thursdays at 10pm starting September 27
Who’s in it: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn
What it’s about: You know how there are a bunch of different versions of Sherlock Holmes out there? Well, now there’s one more! This time in modern-day New York City. And also this time Watson has lady parts!
Why we’re excited about it: Miller has been a favorite of ours since Trainspotting, and after the executive producers said they don’t want Sherlock and Watson to become romantically entangled, we softened our stance on the gender swap. This has a chance to be something CBS needs: cool.
3. Go On (NBC)
When it’s on: Tuesdays at 9pm starting September 11
Who’s in it: Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White, Brett Gelman, John Cho, Allison Miller
What it’s about: A loudmouth sports-talk radio show host is forced to attend group therapy sessions with a bunch of goofballs after his wife dies in a car accident.
Why we’re excited about it: The return of Matthew Perry, for one. But Go On mixes some legitimate funny with some touchy-feely drama for a half-hour that’s unlike most other sitcoms on TV.
2. Nashville (ABC)
When it’s on: Sundays at 10pm starting October 2
Who’s in it: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and who cares who else!
What it’s about: An aging country-music star must revitalize her career by piggybacking on the stardom of a cocky, up-and-coming vixen. Let the fur fly!
Why we’re excited about it: This is like Tami Taylor versus Julie Taylor! These roles were tailor-made for Britton and Panettiere, and who doesn’t love song lyrics comparing old boyfriends to broken-down pickup trucks?
1. Last Resort (ABC)
When it’s on: Thursdays at 8pm starting September 27
Who’s in it: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Autumn Reeser, Robert Patrick, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman
What it’s about: The crew of an American military submarine defies orders to flatten Pakistan with a flock of nuclear missiles, and becomes a target of the U.S. itself. On the run (swim?), the crew parks at a tropical island, declares the island a sovereign nuclear country, and starts searching for a way to prove its innocence.
Why we’re excited about it: Shawn Ryan (The Shield) created this show, and he does not make bad television. But of all the new shows, this is the only that’s focused on being a hard thriller.
Close, but not quite there:
… Revolution (NBC), about a massive power outage that sends the world into a post-apocalyptic Stone Age. There’s potential here, but there’s also potential for it to be a boring mess.
… 666 Park Avenue (ABC), which stars Terry O’Quinn as a devilish apartment building owner in New York City. If it takes itself less seriously, it could be a fun time!
… The New Normal (NBC), about two gay men and the new family they form when they find a surrogate mother for their future child. The pilot can get preachy at times, but it can also be touching.
… Animal Practice (NBC), a comedy about a monkey. And other things, I think.
ABC’s sub thrilled Last Resort is adding another character. Actor Jay Hernandez (Hostel, Six Degrees) has joined the cast in a significant role on the show.
Hernandez has signed on for an eight-episode arc playing Paul Wells, described as a handsome and seemingly nice-guy charmer who tests the loyalty of Scott Speedman’s character’s estranged wife in the series (played by Jessy Schram).
A Shield reunion is coming to ABC’s eagerly anticipated Last Resort.
Jay Karnes has been cast in a recurring role on the action drama series, about the crew of a nuclear submarine who defy a dubious command to start World War III. He’ll play the Secretary of Defense on the show.
Last Resort is co-created by Shawn Ryan, who was also the creator of FX’s The Shield, which co-starred Karnes. Since, Karnes has played arcs on FX’s Sons of Anarchy, ABC’s V and USA’s Burn Notice.
While appearing in front of critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour last week, Ryan said The Shield — along with shorter-lived efforts like Fox’s Chicago Code and FX’s Terriers — were necessary to take on Last Resort.
“When [co-creator Karl Gajdusek and I] pitched this to [ABC entertainment president] Paul Lee and his cohorts at ABC, I described it as the show that I couldn’t make five years ago,” Ryan said. “The ongoing serialization of The Shield, combined with the production value of Chicago Code, combined with this buddy thing that we had done in Terriers — all this stuff got me to this place where I felt I could do something this ambitious …. It’s a big‑budget, very huge, monstrous‑scope show that I don’t think I would have been capable of doing before.”