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After picking up six new dramas and three comedies — and as it’s poised to renew the bulk of its returning fare and freshman breakouts — ABC lowered the ax on rookie drama Forever, comedy Cristela and sophomore entry Resurrection as well as returning alternative series The Taste.
The ABC Studios drama starring Omar Epps and from Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas was one of only two freshman dramas last season to earn a sophomore run at ABC. While the series about the dead returning to life in the small town of Arcadia had a flashy first season — averaging a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49 with DVR — season two did not fare nearly as well, as the show finished its expanded 13-episode run in January with 3.7 million total viewers. That was less than half of where it ended its freshman season. As for Butters and Fazekas, the writing duo inked an overall deal with the studio this year and oversaw Marvel’s bridge show, Agent Carter, which was given a second-season order by ABC.
Starring, created, written and produced by stand-up comic Cristela Alonzo, freshman series Cristela was on the bubble for a variety of reasons. The multicam sitcom averaged just a 1.2 rating with adults 18-49 and was produced by outside studio 20th Century Fox Television. However, the comedy’s largely Hispanic cast is one of the most diverse on network television at a time when diversity is high on every broadcaster’s wish list. Before its April 17 season finale, Alonzo penned an emotional “possible goodbye” letter expressing her gratitude that “this show gave opportunities to Latino writers and actors that are hard to come by.”
The freshman procedural, starring Ioan Gruffudd and Alana De La Garza, endured tough competition on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. opposite proven dramas Chicago Fire and Person of Interest. Produced by Warner Bros. TV, Forever averaged only a 1.7 rating in the key demo.
Getting even a third season out of culinary competition The Taste seemed like a stretch. The broadcast vehicle for Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain migrated to December for its latest run — but it languished in the ratings, pulling an unfortunate 1.0 rating in the key demo (that’s with time-shifting) and 3.6 million viewers. It marks the latest in a long line of failed attempts to bring food over to the Big Four, something only Fox has managed to do successfully with its suite of Gordon Ramsay shows.
Meanwhile, the fate of summer drama The Whispers has yet to be determined.
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