ABC Cancels V, Picks Up Charlie’s Angels, Once Upon A Time
Amid a frenzy of pilot pickups this afternoon, ABC canceled V, the long-struggling reimagination of the 1983 sci-fi miniseries.
The news comes as little surprise, given the ratings decline for the alien-invasion drama, which starred Lost‘s Elizabeth Mitchell. The series, which dipped to 6.9 million viewers, added original-series star Marc Singer at the end of second season, apparently too late to make a difference.
ABC also canceled freshman series No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, Off the Map and Mr. Sunshine as well as veteran drama Brothers and Sisters while picking up nine new shows:
- Charlie’s Angels, an update of the hit 1970s private-detective drama written by Smallville co-creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
- Once Upon a Time, a fantasy drama about a woman who moves to a town where fairy tales might be real (the cast includes Stargate Universe‘s Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin and Thor‘s Josh Dallas as Prince Charming)
- Good Christian Belles, a soap about a former high-school “mean girl” who returns home after her marriage ends in scandal
- Last Man Standing, a comedy in which star Tim Allen fights for his manhood in a world dominated by women
- Pan Am, a soap about 1960s airline stewardesses and pilots, starring Christina Ricci
- Revenge, a soap inspired by The Count of Monte Cristo
- Apartment 23, a single-camera about a Midwestern girl whose big-city dreams are destroyed after her first week in New York
- Scandal, a drama revolving around a professional fixer (Kerry Washington) and her staff (including Lost‘s Henry Ian Cusick)
- The River, a drama written by Michael Green (Kings) and Michael R. Perry (Persons Unknown) that follows a crew through the Amazon in search of a missing adventurer
ABC will officially unveil its full schedule on Tuesday in New York.