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ABC cancels '666,' 'Last Resort'


It’s a sad day for fans of two ambitious ABC dramas that came up short in the ratings this fall: Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will soon end their runs.

ABC will finish airing the original 13-episode orders for both shows, but neither will receive a full-season pickup.

For 666, the writing has been on the wall for weeks. The Sunday-night supernatural drama starring Terry O’Quinn has been shedding its Revenge lead-in and been on a downward spiral since its debut.

For Last Resort, the news is somewhat surprising. Though its ratings matched the performance of 666, Shawn Ryan’s submarine thriller was one of the best-reviewed new fall shows and, until very recently, insiders were betting it would get a “back nine” order. But Last Resort struggled against very steep competition in its 8 p.m. slot and the show’s ratings ticked down a little further last night.

Oftentimes freshman series cancellations are met with a fair amount of online jeering (there wasn’t much disappointment over CBS’ Made In Jersey or NBC’s Animal Practice getting the axe). But these two are a bummer. Understandable, given the numbers, but a bummer. Both creatively tried to bring something new to broadcast primetime rather than rely on familiar drama formulas. Even if you’re not a fan of these shows, you can respect the effort behind them. READ FULL STORY

Hurricane Sandy damages '666 Park' sets

While some New York-area television shows resumed filming today after Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast Monday, it could be a harder road to recovery for ABC’s 666 Park Avenue.

The show’s set, which is located at Cine Magic Riverfront Studios in Brooklyn, overlooking the New York City skyline, suffered severe damages after water flooded the building Monday night.

“I went to check them out on the night of the storm at 10 p.m. and they were under 6 feet of water — the entire complex,” says Peter Kapsalis, owner of Cine Magic Riverfront Studios. “It wasn’t in very good shape.”

The water, which has since receded, did varied damage to sets, he adds, but some could possibly be salvaged. “The Daylight Studio, which carried some of the smaller sets and was a little closer to the water [was] completely demolished,” Kapsalis says. “The main sets stayed in place even with the water rushing in [but] everything is extensively damaged.” READ FULL STORY

'Neighbors,' 'Scandal' get full seasons


ABC is giving full-season pickups to freshman comedy The Neighbors and returning drama Scandal.

Nope, Scandal didn’t already have one. Second-season shows often get full season orders, but ABC has been cautious with the Shonda Rhimes political soap. But in the wake of its reasonably steady performance on Thursdays this fall, Scandal is now getting an extra nine episodes and its first full season. (Scandal is averaging 8.1 million viewers and a 2.5 in adults 18-49, plus a hearty 45 percent DVR boost).

As for Neighbors, it’s been the weakest link in ABC’s Wednesday night comedy block, but hasn’t been nearly the disaster that critics had predicted/hoped. The comedy has averaged 6.8 million viewers and 2.0 in the demo with DVR.

Still no word on ABC’s freshman dramas. We’re told the network will likely decide on Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue this week or early next week. Get this: They’ve averaged exactly the same not-good demo rating. But Last Resort (9.1 million, 2.3) has a much harder job opening Thursdays against huge competition and delivers a bigger overall audience compared to Sunday’s 666 (6.5 million, 2.3). However, Last Resort just went down — but that’s a military-themed show against the World Series, so are you really going to hold that against them? READ FULL STORY

'666 Park Ave.' ratings getting scary


ABC’s drama block took a hit in the ratings Sunday night, but none of the numbers were more frightening than the second week of the network’s supernatural soap 666 Park Avenue.

Week two of 666 (5.1 million viewers, 1.7 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) was down 19 percent (and, yes, there’s a lot of numbers in that sentence). But the new show’s more popular lead-ins slipped too. Once Upon a Time (9.6 million, 3.3) was off 15 percent and Revenge (8.3 million, 2.6) fell 19 percent. READ FULL STORY

'666 Park Avenue': Find out when you'll be seeing more Vanessa Williams

One of the more popular comments on our react to the 666 Park Avenue series premiere was, “I want more Vanessa Williams.” Well, you’ll get to see a bit of Olivia, wife of the building’s devilish owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn), in the second episode this Sunday (ABC, 10 p.m. ET) when Jane (Rachael Taylor) and Henry (Dave Annable) invite the Dorans over for dinner. That meal is a chance for viewers to learn how long Henry and Jane have been together, but don’t expect Gavin and Olivia to share intimate details of their relationship just yet. The couple’s back story remains a mystery — even to the actors. “We still don’t know how they met,” O’Quinn tells EW. “We don’t know much except that they had a daughter who they lost. When she was 18-years-old, she died. We find out a lot more about that in episode 3.”



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