ABC Cancels ‘Last Resort’ and ’666 Park Avenue’

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666 Park Avenue Last Resort Cancelled ABC Cancels Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue

The Fall season can be particularly brutal for new series on network television– especially those with quirky or highly ambitious premises. If an untested show does not quickly secure a sizable and consistent audience, the Big Three broadcasters have a habit of passing on a full-season order of episodes.

Such, it seems, is the fate of two of the current television season’s most interesting (though not necessarily successful) new offerings: Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue. As of yesterday, both series have been officially cancelled by ABC.

EW conveyed the news that odd-duck shows 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort will not receive full-season orders from ABC. Each show will finish out its current run of 13 episodes, but will not return after the midseason break. Though it is possible that either series could see a late-in-the-day order (dependent on the success of ABC’s midseason pilots), it is rather unlikely. Few shows ever return from such an initial cancellation.

Both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort struggled to retain an audience, despite heavy critical buzz. While the Terry O’Quinn-starring 666 was noted largely for its apparent cheese factor, Last Resort was a critical darling that many in the press wanted to receive a full-season pickup. Alas, neither show could hold onto the audience ABC wanted; 666 saw diminishing viewership with each progressive episode and Last Resort never kept up with the stiff Thursday-night competition from other broadcast networks.

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In hindsight, these cancellations are probably not at all surprising. 666 Park Avenue billed itself as a horror-drama revolving around a demonically influenced apartment building, but failed to acknowledge its own inherent goofiness. Last Resort‘s tale of a submarine commander in open rebellion against a corrupt US military establishment was probably too heady for network audiences (not to mention its odd, affected pace). In both cases, the combination of oddness and ambition probably doomed both shows from their inception.

While the news of 666 and Last Resort‘s cancellations is no doubt rather dismaying for their fans, its solidifies the notion that broadcast networks may no longer be the space for innovative television drama. While the audience numbers for both shows were low for ABC, they’re not objectively awful overall. Had either show been hosted by a cable network such as AMC, FX, or USA, they almost certainly would have received the full-season order based on those numbers. Granted, neither of the cancelled series quite match the programming tone of any of those networks, but they would have at least had a chance on a smaller venue. The higher audience expectations of a large broadcaster like ABC likely sank the shows before they had any ability to hit their stride.

Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will finish airing their finished episodes on Thursday and Sunday nights, respectively.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. 666 çok güzel bir diziydi türkiye de çok fanı vardı neden iptal ettiniz li

  2. Another good show cancelled! I really enjoyed 666 Park Avenue. I was watching it tonight & at the very end, they switched over to the live coverage of the Zimmerman verdict. How aggravating!

    • This was really disgusting to cancel 666 Park ave. The article says Terry O Quinn made it cheesy?#$ WTF does that mean? I guess the writer is not used to anyone with class acting. If anyone failed the show it was Venessa Williams, who was cast for sure to be the spade card of the show. I have never seen a very rich white man married to an African lady. Realistic people would find this too much in the realm of fantasy.

      It is aggravating to see forced integration on TV. Its not a reality but a way of conditioning people. I love movies like BLACKULA etc. and that movie would have sucked had they speckled it white for diversity sake.

  3. I am a surprised yet not last resort should have lasted three seasons or more it was that good Money is more important than class Star Trek all over again only in weeks.

  4. Im disgusted on how shows are kept and dismissed. Have been searching for some time to find out when Last Resort will start back up. All I can think its that there are a bunch of overpriced individuals who dont want any competition. I dislike most of the over priced money hungry fools who pick all the garbage thats currently on tv. What happened to the values of today. Disgusted with your current values. No wonder country is in the toilet.

  5. So shows like Lost and Prison break were allowed to drag out despite how crap they became, they cancel great shows like last resort and deadwood etc.
    It’s rubbish. Even that show V was awesome and they didn’t even give us fans an ending!!

    • Couldn’t agree more. i rarely watch tv at all anymore.. but this program got me hooked.

    • I agree with everything you said except what you said about V. I am a HUGE fan of the original V in the 80′s. The week long Mini Series as well as the short lived series. I tried watching this new “V” and it was horrible. I agree tho that they should have given you an ending. I hate when shows just stop.
      I LOVED 666 and couldn’t wait for Sunday every week. I’d always be tired on Mondays since I just couldn’t wait until Monday morning to watch it. (I’m off but have kids so I still get up at 6:45). I will be doing this again with Masters of Sex and Under The Dome when they start again, tho I wonder about Under the Dome. It’s supposed to be renewed but who knows. :)

  6. My husband and myself were watching this on netflix. We were so disappointed when we found out it was canceled. It was a very good series. Why do you keep all the crap and cancel the good shows.You should think about bringing it back. It was different not a cop or medical show it was interesting.

  7. Just look who own for example ABC, or any other TV Station. Follow the money and you will find out that only Bankster are on top of all. They rule everything. The worldwide money market and trough this almost every goverment,Food, Pharma and so on, and of course the media. Most people know nothing about this because of the media. Movies and TV Shows are pretty good for manipulate peoples mind. A Show like “Last Resort” bring people in some cases to use their brains, and start asking painful questions…..

    So that´s not what they want. I know, all this is hard to believem but it is a small part of the truth. . .

    Take a look at a movie like ” The international”. The story is of course fiction, but not the facts about the Money System. . .

  8. The last resort have to much insight into the reality of Our government. …..THAT was the real reason it was canceled. ….. all you gotta do is watcha couple episodes and you’d know it had potential to be one of the all tine greats……but reality isn’t as important as propaganda

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