ABC just announced six cancellations, so for the sake of this article not being prohibitively long, let's get right to the rundown:
First to meet the axe is the Dana Delany fronted medical dramedy Body of Proof. The series was majorly re-tooled this season, but the changes weren't enough to save it. Ratings continued on a downward trend, and eventually flatlined. There was some small hope left for a renewal, but it was apparently not to be.
Next up is freshman drama Red Widow, which starred Radha Mitchell as the wife of a prominent crime boss, who is forced to continue her husband's work after his death. The reviews weren't bad, but the ratings were just never there. The show's end was apparent months ago, this is just a formality.
In a mild surprise, the decently rated How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is also done. The numbers were never great, but they were fairly solid, and certainly better than average. I'm sure fans will miss it, but I doubt Sarah Chalke, Brad Garrett, or Elizabeth Perkins are unemployed for very long.
A sitcom starring Reba McEntire has once again ended, although this one didn't last half as long as Reba did on the CW. After a single eighteen episode season, Malibu Country is officially canceled. Multi-camera comedies continue to be a dying breed.
In the biggest "duh" announcement of the day, the incredibly short-lived Family Tools has been canceled after only airing two episodes. The premiere was the lowest rated comedy debut in ABC history, and the second episode just fell further. Fans will likely be able to tune in and watch the remaining eight episodes regardless, but it won't be back in the fall.
Finally, the ever-struggling Happy Endings has met its maker, ending after three seasons and 57 episodes. The ratings were never that good, but they were good enough to earn renewals in previous years. Unfortunately, the numbers went straight into the toilet this season, and no show drawing 0.7s every week is going to get renewed by any broadcast network not named the CW. Fans should not lose hope quite yet though, as cable giant USA is still being heavily rumored as a possible new home for the comedy.
Are you upset about losing any of these shows?