'Take Two' Canceled at ABC as Rachel Bilson Drama Eyes New Life on Streaming

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There will be no second take at ABC for Take Two.

The Disney-owned broadcast network has opted to cancel the summer procedural from Castle creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller. However, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the show starring Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian could continue on as a pair of streaming outlets are kicking the tires on the series about a disgraced actress who shadows a private investigator.

News of ABC's decision to cancel Take Two comes two months after it wrapped its 13-episode run. The drama, picked up straight to series with Bilson and Cibrian attached, averaged a lackluster 2.71 million total viewers and 0.4 in the all-important adults 18-49 demographic. Delayed viewing did little to help boost the same-day returns, as the show averaged only 3.83 million total viewers and a 0.6 in the demo with three days of DVR.

Take Two hailed from Tandem Productions, StudioCanal and ABC Studios in what at the time was a groundbreaking co-production structure. The series was prepackaged with worldwide rights and aired on ABC in the U.S., RTL/Vox in Germany and France Television in France. StudioCanal served as the lead studio. ABC Studios affiliate Disney Media Distribution handled international sales. Miller and Marlowe executive produced via their ABC Studios-based Milmar Pictures banner alongside StudioCanal's Bauer and Tandem's Tim Halkin.

Take Two marked the return for Marlowe and Miller to ABC, where they launched the similarly themed cop procedural Castle, which starred Stana Katic as a homicide detective paired with a mystery novelist (Nathan Fillion). The series was a reliable performer for ABC and a moneymaker in multiple territories internationally. Despite being owned by its sibling studio, Castle — which went through the pricey process of re-signing Fillion and publicly firing Katic — was canceled after eight seasons.

ABC has largely focused on unscripted and game shows to program the typically little-watched summer months. The broadcaster continues to try its hand at low-cost scripted originals, which Take Two was, given its co-production structure. The network next has the 13-episode drama Reef Break (another foreign co-production from ABC Studios International) starring Poppy Montgomery set for summer 2019.

Meanwhile, ABC successfully brought Fillion back to TV this season with the cop drama The Rookie, which reunited the actor with former Castle showrunner Alexi Hawley. The series has already scored a full-season order at the network. Katic, meanwhile, toplines Absentia, which was renewed for a second season at Amazon after originally being commissioned for Sony-backed AXN.