ABC Axes 'Mind Games' After Just 5 Episodes


ABC Axes 'Mind Games' After Just Five Episodes


In its premiere, ‘Mind Games’ featured a bunch of desperate people down on their luck trying to turn things around and get others to believe in them – it didn’t quite work.

ABC has canceled the midseason series, making this the third freshman drama the network has axed. ‘Killer Women,’ the show ‘Mind Games’ was bumped up to replace, and ‘Lucky 7’ were also canned – and very short-lived.

The caper series starring Steve Zahn and Christian Slater has been pulled from the schedule after just five episodes. The premiere netted around 3.6 million viewers, but ratings fell consistently, including a big dive in the second episode. The latest episode drew in just over 2 million.

‘Mind Games’ told the story of two brothers (Slater and Zahn), one a divorced ex-con, the other bi-polar, who start up a business with a ragtag group that sought to persuade and manipulate people for presumably a greater good. This writer saw entertainment in Zahn’s character, and while serviceable, the show seemed to have a low ceiling.

This marks the third one-and-done series for creator Kyle Killen, who saw ‘Lone Star’ on FOX end after just two episodes in 2010, and ‘Awake’ endure an abbreviated season on NBC.

For the next two weeks, the network will air encore episodes of the (more successful) freshman fantasy drama ‘Resurrection’ in the vacant spot on Tuesdays at 10/9c. After that, on April 15, ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’ returns for a third season.

- Christian Slater
- Mind Games (ABC)

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Mar 27th, 2014, 6:37 pm

Images courtesy of ABC


Message Posted On Apr 22nd, 2014, 7:18 am
I really like this show. I thought it was smart and funny. I didn't like ex-wife character Claire; she ruined every scene she was in as far as I'm concerned. Thought this one was better than Resurrection..

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Message Posted On Apr 4th, 2014, 5:21 pm

Kyle Killen must be a conservative republican.. name any other show with a successful c.r. at the helm.. can't do it.  doomed to fail, but they have to put out a few episodes so they can say they gave it the old college try. 

the main reason these shows fail, is because they don't give them a chance.  their other shows suck even worse, that the ratings are just spread too thin.  they don't advertise em, they stick em in the worst time slots they have left, and they cater to the idgits with no life of their own, so that the highest rated shows are "housewives.." etc.  i have a real life, i DON'T want to watch it on t.v.  T.V. is for entertainment, or at least it used to be.  bring back M.A.S.H., Leave It To Beaver, Happy Days, etc etc.. those shows were also said to be 'failures'.. but look how long they lasted eh?


Message Posted On Apr 1st, 2014, 5:17 pm
Man I am so disappointed. This show was so much better than Resurrection. SO MUCH. Whatever. At least GOT season 4 is less than a week away, so there will be one good show to watch each week. I am so down on network tv series bc of the quick cancellations that I just watch ESPN. I prefer reruns of the same Sportscenter over getting into a show only to have it cancelled.

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Message Posted On Mar 30th, 2014, 12:26 pm

Things may look good before the series is made, but once it is in the can, and run thru some audience panels, the TV networks know these shows shows are going to fail - but they still do not have the respect for their audience to just dump them (put them on the net somewhere) and move on.


Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 11:40 am
this actually sucks i was starting to enjoy this show that's what i get i guess for not waiting to see if it got renewed before starting to watch it everytime i do this the show gets cancelled but i got kinda hooked on it i liked the idea it was a fresh idea but yeah as others have mentioned should have know christian slater can't get a break with a tv series

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Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 9:41 am

The minute i See Christian Slater listed i assume a show will be cancelled (or movie flop). He either doesn't have much luck these days or has a really bad agent.


Message Posted On Mar 28th, 2014, 8:00 am
Yay my prediction was bang on. I said 5 episodes. Glad to see I can see the future of garbage like this.

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Message Posted On Mar 27th, 2014, 11:29 pm

I for one totaly enjoyed this show, though I can see why casual viewers might not 'get it'...

At least My Masters Degree in Psychology came in handy this time around!



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Message Posted On Mar 27th, 2014, 9:58 pm

while interesting at times Mind games just reminded me of Leverage without the underhanded criminal (but exciting) edge 


Message Posted On Mar 27th, 2014, 8:03 pm
No loss for me. I dumped both Mind Games and Resurrection after a couple of episodes.
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