Forever, canceled by ABC late Thursday, May 7, is just one of the shows getting the ax. ABC canceled Forever, The Taste, Cristela, and Resurrection in a move that seemed to clear the decks for the network. As reported by EW.com, “the moves come amid a frantic series of verdicts on new and returning shows made by the network.” Though the ratings of these shows might be good for other networks, they just weren’t the level of viewers that ABC was looking to draw. EW.com reported the average number of viewers for each of the three dramas.
“The three scripted titles were modestly rated by ABC standards, with Forever delivering about 7.9 million viewers including DVR playback, Cristela bringing in 6.1 million, and Resurrection earning 6.9 million.”
It might seem a bit surprising to fans of Forever, that the show was bringing in about eight million viewers a week and still got canceled by ABC. It becomes a bit more explanatory when taking a look at what ABC has ordered for the 2015-16 television season. An earlier report from EW.com revealed that six new shows have been ordered, and they are all going to be dramas. Even less surprising is that one of them is created by Shonda Rhimes, who is the mind behind hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Her new show is titled The Catch, and it received a quick synopsis by EW.com writer Natalie Abrams.
“Rhimes’ The Catch is a new thriller centered on the successful Alice Martin (Mirelle Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé (Damon Dayoub). Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. Jennifer Schuur will write and executive-produce with Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Julie Anne Robinson. Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Elvy Yost, Alimi Ballard, Rose Rollins and Bethany Joy Lenz will also star.”
As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Shonda Rhimes has a long-standing contract with ABC now, and it is clear that she will continue pumping out new shows for the network. This spelled doom for shows like Forever, The Taste, and Resurrection, especially since they don’t bring in the viewership numbers that Rhimes’ programs have in the past.
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