ABC Picks Up 'Malibu Country' and 'Last Man Standing', CW Cancels 'Emily Owens', More
Earlier today when Fox implied that they would be cancelling 'The Mob Doctor' after burning off the show's remaining episodes, it only left a couple of shows whose fall fates still hanged in the balance. Since then, we've gotten word of what's to come for some of those shows.
First, the CW cancelled Emily Owens M.D. The medical drama never really built an audience, even by CW standards, barely drawing a million viewers and a .3 rating with its latest episode this week. The network will, however, allow the show to air its remaining episode. Emily Owens will wrap production on its 13 episode run next week. Emily Owens was one of three new shows on the CW this fall, and while Arrow has had tremendous success and Beauty and the Beast has done commendable paired with Vampire Diaries, there was just no room for it.
Meanwhile, over at ABC, the network ordered five additional episodes for Tim Allen's Last Man Standing and the freshman Reba McIntyre series Malibu Country, bringing their runs this season to 18 episodes. The only reason they probably won't get full-season runs is because they started later in November, in fact among the last shows to debut this fall. Both shows have performed admirably in the 8PM hour, and while neither show has lit up the ratings reports, even for Friday standards, they have come in in the low 2s in the demo ratings thanks to large DVR bumps. ABC has high hopes with both sitcoms as they attempt to reestablish their Friday night comedy block dominance from the 80s and 90s now that networks are starting to repopulate the usually low-rated night. Along with Shark Tank, the network has been dominating primetime for that evening.
The two shows joins Nashville and The Neighbors with their pick ups, while 666 Park Avenue, Last Resort and veteran series Private Practice will end their runs after completing 13-episode seasons. As we've mentioned, ABC still has five shows to schedule for mid-season. My bet at this point is that the two comedies, 'Family Tools' and 'How to Live With Your Parents' will join these two shows on Friday, with 'Zero Hour' taking Last Resort's spot, and 'Mistress' and 'Widow' splitting the other two hours.
Finally, MTV has decided not to renew their remake of the British series 'The Inbetweeners' after a low-rated and poorly received first season that ended earlier in November, and Comedy Central renewed 'Key & Peele' for a third season, on the heels of a reelection for President Obama (In case your wondering, Jordan Peele has an incredible Barack Obama impression).
With all of this, we're about ready to start talking about renewals, as most shows have either been picked up for additional episodes or cancelled, so look out for that over the coming weeks.