12:32pm PT by Kate Stanhope, Lesley Goldberg
ABC Cancels 'Revenge' After Four Seasons
Revenge is coming to a close sooner than perhaps everyone expected.
ABC has canceled Revenge after four seasons, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The final episode of the primetime soap will air May 10.
The decision to end Revenge should come as no surprise given that the four-year-old show has been creatively wrapping up its ongoing mythology. The series recently wrote out star Madeleine Stowe's Victoria Grayson and lead Emily VanCamp has been looking to further explore her feature film career following roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as The Girl in the Book, among others.
The move comes as Revenge has seen its ratings fortune dwindle. Since its breakout start four years ago, the series saw showrunner Mike Kelley exit and its goodwill among critics fade after its sophomore run. The most recent season has averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 in live-plus-7.
"We can officially tell our fans that this will be the end of the story,” executive producer Sunil Nayar told EW, which first reported the news. “We’ve been talking to the network and we all just wanted to make sure that we felt very confident. Now that everybody has seen the finale — which is fabulous — everybody understands that as much as we all adore the show, it has hit exactly the mark it needed to to end. This is the series finale of Revenge that will be airing in a couple weeks.”
Revenge's demise could bode well for ABC's drama pilot The Kingmakers. The drama, co-starring Parminder Nagra, Adrian Pasdar and Kristin Bauer van Straten, hails from Revenge scribe Sallie Patrick and has a similar concept: an Ivy League freshman adopts a new identity in order to infiltrate the school's century-old secret society in a bid to solve his sister's murder. Like Revenge, it hails from ABC Studios.
Revenge's cancelation marks the first news from ABC about its 2015-16 season. The network famously waits until the Friday before upfronts to announce its renewals, cancelations and series pickups. Additional news is expected to come May 8 when stalwarts including Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and Modern Family will be renewed, and the future of bubble shows like Fresh Off the Boat will learn of their fates.
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