Raise your hand if you saw this coming. ABC has cancelled its revival of 70s classic Charlie's Angels only a month after its series premiere. This makes the latest in a long line of remade TV shows that have bombed.
Across its four episodes, Charlie's Angels never broke ten million viewers, and its last show this week failed to score even six million. The crucial 18-49 demographic topped out at two million on the premiere. The show was cancelled in the middle of production, so episodes that have already been shot will continue to air in its Thursday night time slot, but ABC didn't say how many were left in the initial run.
The cancellation is disappointing, considering that Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar were responsible for the reboot. The pair have a deserved reputation for breathing new life into a storied franchise, but even they couldn't do much with Charlie's Angels, which has already gone through a movie adaptation and sequel.
Critical reception to the new Angels was almost universally poor. Our own review pegged Charlie's Angels as a tired retread: "the only thing new are the faces." Sadly it's a fate shared by a lot of new versions of old shows - Knight Rider, Bionic Woman, V and the aborted Wonder Woman are just a few recent examples. Charlies' Angels joins NBC's The Playboy Club and Free Agents as well as CBS' How To Be A Gentleman and the CW's H8R on the chopping block.
There are good ways to make a reboot - just look at Hawaii Five-0, Battlestar Galactica or the post-millennial Doctor Who (if that counts). But it looks like TV audiences may be tiring of the endless revolving door of Hollywood's intellectual property. We'll see if the latest flop affects any of the many, many remakes and reboots slated for future seasons.
Charlie's Angels will run for a few more weeks on ABC Thursday nights at 8PM.
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Source: TV Line
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