Bad news for a pair of ABC standouts Friday afternoon -- "666 Park Avenue" and "Last Resort" were canceled -- or in the genteel euphemistic baloney of the trade, “the back 13 were not picked up .?.?."
Same difference, but for now they will be around a few more weeks. The numbers weren't great -- duh -- and not all critics were enthusiastic. (I liked very much the "666" pilot, a bit less so “Last Resort,” but didn't really pick up on either series too much afterward -- so much else to watch -- so I guess I'm part of the problem, too.) "666" -- filmed in NYC -- was even a victim of Sandy, like so many thousands of others (flooding shut down the production). "Last Resort” starred a reasonably great actor -- Andre Braugher -- and had a stellar production team, too (Shawn Ryan leading the credits), but the premise was a tough one -- nuke sub takes over island while evil overlords in Washington sort out their issues.
ABC hasn't issued a formal announcement -- Deadline and Hollywood Reporter had the news first -- but they never do. Chalk up these two casualties to yet another good effort by ABC to try something different and unique and visually arresting. But -- in this brutally tough environment -- not arresting enough apparently.