November 16, 2012

THE SKED: Clean-Up Day Continues – “666 Park” Goes To Hell, “Last Resort” Sinks


We may not always know for whom the bell tolls, but for low-rated network shows, today is the day it’s tolling.  ABC has seen and raised CBS’s cancellation of Partners this morning by executing both 666 PARK AVENUE and LAST RESORT.  The two shows had disastrous ratings (matching 1.2s for their last airings), and in any other season, their exit would have been a foregone conclusion.  But those 1.2s are just barely below the 1.3 that won Guys With Kids an order of additional episodes only yesterday, so things aren’t as certain as they used to be.  In the case of Last Resort, in particular, the combination of some good reviews and the pedigree of co-creator Shawn Ryan could have given the show some leeway.  In the event, though, both series will play out their 13 existing episodes, basically taking their timeslots through the slow holiday season, with replacements to arrive early next year.

ABC is well-stocked with midseason dramas, including RED WIDOW and ZERO HOUR, so it won’t have to reach for substitute programming.  There’s also the chance that the network will move another show, possibly Nashville, to the 666 Sunday slot, where it could find a compatible berth behind Revenge, and plug a new arrival in on Wednesday.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."