10:48am PT by Philiana Ng
ABC Family's 'Mystery Girls' Canceled
ABC Family is not ordering more Mystery Girls.
The cable network has canceled the half-hour multicamera comedy starring Beverly Hills, 90210 alums Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth after one season. Spelling and Garth played two former TV detective show starlets brought back together by a real-life mystery. An ABC Family rep maintains that no official decision has been made.
Mystery Girls opened to 760,000 viewers on June 25 following the premiere of rookie sitcom Young & Hungry, before settling in to a mediocre 491,000 weekly average for its 10-episode run — below the ratings performances for Baby Daddy and Young & Hungry. TVLine first reported the news.
Spelling, Garth and Maggie Malina served as executive producers. The pilot was written by Shepard Boucher, from a story by Spelling and Boucher.
A formal decision regarding Mystery Girls, as well as Young & Hungry and Chasing Life, is expected at the end of the month.
The news comes weeks after ABC Family canceled freshman drama Twisted. As the search continues for former executive vp original programming and development Kate Juergens' replacement, the network is shoring up its proven players, renewing Switched at Birth for a fourth season and Pretty Little Liars for seasons six and seven. Its scripted portfolio includes The Fosters, Melissa & Joey and Baby Daddy, with several pilots — including Recovery Road, Stitchers and Unstrung — in contention for series pickups.