Brace yourselves folks. Downton Abbey will close its doors after Season Six. PBS and producer Carnival Films announced the heartbreaking news Thursday.
“The ‘Downton’ journey has been amazing for everyone aboard. People ask if we knew what was going to happen when we started to make the first series and the answer is that, of course we had no idea. Exactly why the series had such an impact and reached so many people around the world, all nationalities, all ages, all types, I cannot begin to explain. But I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience. I suspect the show will always be a principal marker in most of our careers as we set out from here, and if so, I consider that a blessing and a compliment.” – Julian Fellowes, writer and creator
The period drama is PBS’ most popular series of all time. During it’s run, it’s amassed 51 Emmy nominations so far and winning 11. Not to mention numerous Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTAs and so on.
I’m curious exactly what caused the production company to pull the trigger? Was it production costs? The drama’s stars wanting to move on? Or some other crazy reason? Clearly, it’s not the ratings because it’s a juggernaut in that area.
It wasn’t the most engaging and exciting show, but I looked forward to my weekly fill of Jonathan Groff and his Castro crew. Sadly, HBO decided not to renew the gay dramedy for a third season. Given its very anemic ratings, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise. However, I was still hoping the underdog series could pull the horseshoe out of its proverbial ass.
There is a silver lining to this sad news though. The network announced a Looking movie to wrap up the storylines. Thank God!. I want to Dom (Murray Bartlett) to have his happy ending and for Patrick (Groff) to finally choose between Kevin (Russell Tovey) and Richie (Raul Castillo). Team Richie over here!!! As far as Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez), I couldn’t care less. His character is beyond unlikeable.
Check out HBO’s statement below, along with showrunner Michael Lannan’s tweet regarding the follow-up movie.
If you’re a fan of any of ABC’s freshmen sitcoms, this will definitely interest you. Personally, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more episodes of The Goldbergs and Trophy Wife. They’re my favorite out of the quartet.
Before I reveal where each show stands, here’s what they’re averaging in terms of viewership. The Goldbergs is on top with 7.5 million viewers and a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49. Following next is Super Fun Night with 7.4 million with a 2.8 rating in the coveted demo. Back in the Game is next with 7.3 million viewers and a 2.1 rating. Last and certainly not least is Trophy Wife with 5.7 million viewers and a 1.9 rating.
Unlike CBS which is dishing out good news to several freshmen series, NBC isn’t being as kind. They’ve canceled two of their low-performing freshmen series.
Whatever night The Voice isn’t airing, NBC is in deep doo-doo. The heavily-promoted Blair Underwood vehicle, Ironside which airs on Wednesday, fell flat out of the gate and continued to attract even fewer viewers in the following weeks. It’ll air one more episode before the network yanks it from the schedule.
Not even Eva Longoria’s stunt casting on last night’s episode of Welcome To The Family and Joey Haro (second from the right) parading around shirtless could bump up the sitcom’s ratings. They were so low, even The CW’s Vampire Diaries demolished NBC’s comedy hour-long block. OUCH.
Poor Ella Rae Peck. After starring in last year’s Deception and Welcome To The Family, she’s now the poster girl for failed series. Talk about being a bad luck charm. Unlike Ironside, the sitcom is being taken off immediately. Check out what the peacock network has in store below for its newly vacant timeslots.
Television viewers were bewitched by the third iteration of American Horror Story. The witch-themed season conjured up 5.54 million total viewers and 3.87 million viewers in the adults 18-49 demo, easily the best performance for the AHS franchise. That number represents a whopping 44 percent increase in overall viewers when compared to last year’s American Horror Story: Asylum.
In addition, it beat NBC’s Ironside handily and came close to ABC’s Nashville. However, the 3.5 rating for 18-34 adults topped all programming in primetime. Take that, broadcast networks. When final Live+7 day data rolls in, American Horror Story: Coven could be the most-watched program in FX history.
Did you watch last night’s premiere? Without spoiling too much for those who haven’t seen it, how much would it suck to have Taissa Farmiga’s powers? Not fun at all, especially for some of you sluts out there ;) And can we take about that rape scene?
On the completely other spectrum, we have this season’s second casualty. Find out what show joins Lucky 7 as this season’s latest cancellation.
At the beginning of fall we are treated to dozens of new TV shows, in addition to our returning favorites. It can actually be quite overwhelming to decide what to watch given that there’s something new premiering every night. However, not too long after all of these new show premieres come the inevitable cancellations.
The first cut has already been made after only two episodes…
Even though it finished Season 6 with its best ratings ever, AMC is pulling the plug on Mad Men. Though critically acclaimed and an awards magnet, the Jon Hamm series was never a huge ratings powerhouse. Being a veteran show with higher production costs, I’m not surprised it’s ending. Hopefully, Hamm finds another gig that shows off his huge schlong in tighter pants ;)
“We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience,” series creator Matthew Weiner explains. “The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”
Since a third season of The Glee Project didn’t air this summer, many assumed the Oxygen reality show wasn’t coming back. Well, now it’s official. The network confirmed that it’s canceled. While there was a strong desire to bring back the reality competition, the late renewal of Glee made it impossible to turn around a third season of the unscripted vehicle.
“The Glee Project will not be returning to Oxygen, but we are extremely proud of this series which launched the careers of several talented individuals. The show had so much heart and we thank Ryan Murphy and all of the creative talent who helped make the series a critical darling,” a network rep said in a statement.