ABC Cancels Three Freshman Dramas, And One Comedy

The cast of Missing

ABC has just officially put the kibosh on three more of its freshman drama series, electing to end Missing, Pan Am, and The River after a single season.

Missing is a mid-season replacement starring Ashley Judd, that received a ten episode order and premiered in March. Unfortunately, ratings have been very soft, and Judd's name value seemed to do little to improve things. The plot followed retired CIA Agent Rebecca Winstone, whose 18-year-old son goes missing in the pilot episode, and her attempts to uncover the reasons why. Winstone assumes it has something to do with her fellow CIA agent husband (Sean Bean) dying in a brutal car bombing a decade prior. No word yet on whether the May 17th series finale will give viewers any type of closure.Pan Am cast

The next victim is no surprise, as 1960's period drama Pan Am has been on life support since the ratings dropped off after the first few episodes. The numbers weren't awful, but also weren't great. If the show was on the struggling NBC, it might have survived, but ABC has the luxury of being able to end shows that perform below expectations. The series starred Christina Ricci, and revolved around the pilots and stewardesses of the titular airline near the beginning of The Riverthe commercial jet travel age. The last episode aired in mid-February.

Our third entry was presumed dead from episode one, as despite critical praise, found footage horror/mystery series (from the creator of the Paranormal Activity franchise) The River never attracted much of an audience. There were talks that Netflix might pick it up if ABC passed, but those seem to have gone nowhere. The short eight episode "test" season ended on March 20th.GCB

And finally, Kristen Chenoweth and her band of Good Christian Bitches Belles had their last argument on May 6th, as the low-rated hour-long dramedy GCB has been canceled after ten episodes. The series did okay with critics, and the veteran cast (Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, Annie Potts, etc.) was highly praised, but the ratings just weren't there to justify another season.

Will you miss watching Missing? Do you think one or more of these shows deserved another chance?

- Missing (2012)
- Pan Am
- The River

Written by: msd85
May 12th, 2012, 2:42 pm


Message Posted On Aug 9th, 2012, 7:00 am
MISSING WAS THE BEST SHOW EVER. I want to know what happened to Becca

Message Posted On Jun 18th, 2012, 6:16 am
The writer of these posts keeps making the same apostrophe catastrophe and here is again in the first line. "It's" means "it is" or "it has"; it is never a possessive pronoun. Look it up. ht tp <colon> // garyes. stormloader . com/its<dot>html

Message Posted On May 24th, 2012, 3:40 pm
I am so sad that missing has been cancelled. Networks have to give this show a chance. A show with some drama and suspense is what is "missing" from tv. I am so tired of a group of people living together with rude/crude behaviour and thats what people want then I guess you are letting them have it. Sad...

Message Posted On May 23rd, 2012, 10:50 am
CGB was an excellent escape. So over-the-top Jesus, how could you not be entertained?

Message Posted On May 20th, 2012, 1:48 am
It is sad 'Missing' cancelled, it was really a nice show

Message Posted On May 15th, 2012, 10:49 pm
Missing is terrible

Message Posted On May 15th, 2012, 7:16 am
I love both GCB and Missing. The best two new shows in my opinion. Sad to see them go. Missing was at a disadvantage because it was put in an 8PM slot. People are putting their little ones to bed - at least I was so I had to tape it. It would have done much better had it been on at 9 or 10PM GCB was a great follow-up to Desperate Housewives. Now that both shows are gone, I wonder what they will come up with to replace them. Couldn't another network pick these shows up and market them better, put them in better time slots?

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Message Posted On May 14th, 2012, 9:04 pm

Only just started GCB and liked it, but since I only saw 2 eps so far, I haven't gotten too attached.  Pan Am I will really miss though.


Message Posted On May 13th, 2012, 7:21 pm
GCB is the best new show, but this is classic ABC to cancel a show that has the best potential. Hope another station pics it up.... We love you GCB....

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Message Posted On May 13th, 2012, 4:58 pm

All three cancellations I was pretty much expecting. I don't follow ratings or critic reception, just going by what I think is done well enough to find an audience.


Pan Am was a given, I watched it until the end but ever since episode 1 most of what I saw was unfulfilled potential. Missing dragged out too long and lacked really sympathetic characters. It would have needed more unique elements to make it more than a relatively bland spy thriller mashup. The River, finally, was well written and produced I think, but it relied way too much on horror film clichés instead of coming up with its own witty elements and explanations. The days of generic hocus pocus horror are, I think, numbered, and the show would have done well to stay a bit more on the realistic side. More realistic doesn't imply less scary, quite to the contrary.


Good moves on ABC's side, I would argue. In contrast to the NBC which, as usual, cancelled all the good shows while keeping everything that's shit around.

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