ABC cleans house: two dramas and four comedies canceled

ABC just announced six cancellations, so for the sake of this article not being prohibitively long, let's get right to the rundown:

Body of Proof

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.

Red Widow

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.

Malibu Country

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.

Family Tools

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.

Happy Endings

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?

- Malibu Country
- How to Live With Your Parents
- Red Widow
- Body Of Proof
- Family Tools
- Happy Endings

Written by: msd85
May 10th, 2013, 10:27 pm

Images courtesy of ABC


Message Posted On Jul 23rd, 2013, 3:33 am
Body of proof was a great show and its a sad shame to see it go. Not heard of any of the others here in uk.

Message Posted On May 30th, 2013, 9:12 pm
I like the How to live with your parents show. Be nice if Netflix or amazon would pick it up. very doubtful. but one can dream

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Message Posted On May 24th, 2013, 7:18 pm

Not going to miss Body Of Proof. To me it was a thinly vailed effort to have a character act as Gregory House. She couldn't pull it off. I thought that maybe bringing in Mark Valley gave them a chance to save the show with his character but again in my opinion, Delany's character was over-bearing and ubnoxious. Too bad there was a lot of potential.


Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 6:43 pm
I haven't missed even one episode of Body of Proof... sorry to see it go. Loved it when they brought in the Human Target guy because I loved that show too.

Message Posted On May 14th, 2013, 7:32 am
We very much enjoyed Body of Proof. It was clever, interesting, and I enjoyed the strong female characters and their connections to each other and the interactions with the male characters. Too bad!

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Message Posted On May 13th, 2013, 12:48 am

I really dont think happy endings deserved to be cancelled. It had good ratings when it was after modern family but then they tried to but some bs show after it. It was the perfect follow up to Modern Family. It was by far the best series of shows on wenesdays


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Message Posted On May 12th, 2013, 12:00 am

I am going to miss Red Widow because it did have potential. Wrong network I guess.


Body of Proof I liked also and will be missed.....


Message Posted On May 11th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Will miss Body of Proof, and Red Widow had great potential, I've seen the original dutch series Penoza and that is in it's 3rd season i'm sad that they pulled the plug after only 1 season in the USA... Happy Endings, I don't mind seeing that one go.. It started out as a nice show...but it went downhill fast !!!