The network confirmed Friday that production has shut down, though episodes that have already been shot will continue to air in the Thursday 8 p.m. time slot for the time being. At least seven episodes are believed to be in the can.
Rumors of its demise had been circulating all week were all but confirmed when the series barely inched up a tenth of a ratings point Thursday, to 1.3 rating/4 share in 18-49, 6.0 million total viewers. The series has aired four episodes to date having launched on Sept. 22.
No word yet on whether ABC has settled on a permanent replacement in that time slot but special “The Great Pumpkin” has been skedded to Oct. 27.
The show, executive-produced by Drew Barrymore, now joins the growing list of fall casualties, including The Playboy Club, How To Be A Gentleman, and Free Agents. Could Prime Suspect or Whitney be next? (Not to worry, Maria Bello fans, I am sure she signed a contract guaranteeing her another cop show similar to Simon Baker’s situation on The Mentalist. Or was it The Guardian?)
P.S. The above title is my homage to Variety‘s slanguage. Who knows, the trade publication might’ve actually used it. Now if only Peacock Prexy Ankled For Eye…
P.P.S. For once, the Great Pumpkin actually saves the day!