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Eastwick: Series Creator Not Angry over ABC Show Cancellation

EastwickA couple days ago, Eastwick series creator and executive producer Maggie Friedman said that she was “furious” over ABC’s cancellation of the series. She’s apparently had some time to think about her choice of words and regrets the statement.

Friedman wrote, “The other day, when we were discussing the cancellation of Eastwick, I misspoke in the worst possible way. The word ‘furious’ was poorly chosen by me. You had said to me that ‘the fans are understandably furious’ and so I agreed that I was too, but the truth is, Iā€™m not.”

TV show supportShe continued, “I see that word now in print attributed to me and it’s very painful, because it seems to imply I am angry with ABC and nothing could be further from the truth. They treated me really well. I am not the least bit furious, with anyone. That’s simply not the kind of person I am. Yes, I’m sad about the show being cancelled, because it was creatively fulfilling and tons of fun to make and an amazing group of people, but I’m not angry.”

What do you think? Are you “furious” with ABC or just “sad” that Eastwick didn’t reach a bigger audience and was cancelled?

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Lynn Di Mauro July 12, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Not surprised ABC would Cancel Eastwick. They probably have a hard time adjusting to having a good quality program on their net work.

Perhaps another net work will pick up Eastwick after recognizing how the fans are disappointed at the cancellation of this brilliantly written & directed show,with a cast who so effortlessly bring each character to life.

Lynn Di Mauro


Glen May 24, 2010 at 6:30 am

Eastwick was very interesting. Looked forward to every episode. Sets were very colorful and interesting and actors were great! Very disappointed that ABC has made yet another ludicrous decision. Been looking for its return. I totally agree with the concensous. A ridiculous show like V ABC supports . They seem to have no insight and little respect for the viewer whom is following the shows they initiate. Sometimes it take a better time slot and a little more patience than ABC seems to have to get things rolling. Of the 4 major networks, ABC ranks the lowest here for this typical behavior! We are dropping Happy Town and other ABC shows due to this uncertainty. Who knows what ABC is upto.


Sharon May 20, 2010 at 10:22 am

Why are all the good shows canceled and the dumb ones kept, I don’t get it. I loved lipstick jungle they got rid of I loved October Road, Brothers that was on NBC tho but they were all great shows Im not going to get into anymore of TV series cause once you do then it’s gone. All they want are these dumb reality shows which I can’t stand they are scripted and I can’t stand watching them….


Dawn April 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Honestly, ABC needs some help. They are so impatient for the number one show. An audience takes time to invest in. Advertise it, put it up on for those who have missed it/or who missed the beginning and want to see the episodes from the start!

What a mistake!


Amy March 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I can’t keep up with when new episodes are supposed to air; the “seasons” are wacky nowadays. So I only just found out about the cancellation of Eastwick because I was trying to find through a new/different dvr system.
Aaarrgghh! Why do networks keep gigving up on shows? This is so frustrating, as soon as you pick up a show and decide to make your own its gone. Then your friends will keep telling you about the shows they watch and how you’ll love them; but who wants to adopt a new show after it’s been on for a while? I like to try them out new and keep ‘em or ditch ‘em.
If the guilty pleasure “expensive” shows disappear will we really be left with just crappy reality tv? How sad for us….


amy smith March 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I can’t believe that they bring this wonderful show to us and then cancel it???? I don’t think that they really know what the public is looking for…I remember joan of arcadia which was another teriffic show…that to got canceled…they need to start asking the public what they think before taking off such a great show!


Bandi March 12, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Is there any news about Lifetime picking it up?


admin March 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm

@Bandi: No. Lifetime hasn’t publicly expressed any interest in the show. There was a poll on the Lifetime board about it which raised people’s hopes but it was started by a fan. It wasn’t official. Sorry.


Brandi March 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

That makes me sad, thank you for the info, I had gotten my hopes up.


Blondmyk March 12, 2010 at 8:24 am

It is truly a shame about Eastwick. It was a well written show with characters that you could get in to, and a story line that was fun to follow. The show was wonderfully cast with brilliant actresses, and what a joy it was to see Cybil Sheppard again after all this time!

I have to admit to being seriously disappointed by ABC’s decision and I regret that I waited so long to find out about the show being cancelled! I really would have like to have put in some input.

I blame ABC for the demise of the show. They did only minimal advertising of the show. It would have truly benefitted from advertising on cable networks and even on the CW, which is still trying to find a place for the “Charmed” fan base by coming up with soap opera-ish vampire tales in a vain attempt to fulfill that void. ABC could have played with time slots as well, and worked a bit to find a home for this delightful new show.

What a waste. I sure hope that SOMEONE picks the show up. ABC’s loss CAN be someone elses gain.


Amy March 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I just want to cry!!! I LOVE the show! I am hoping another network will be smart enough to pick it up!!! Excellent show and characters!


kim March 5, 2010 at 5:16 am

i loved this show, how sad that they cancelled this wonderful show. they always get rid of the good stuff.


Myrna March 4, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Dissappointed with ABC. However, they tend to get rid of most of their good shoes. I can’t think of 1 show I watch on ABC now. Please bring it back. The chemistry was great.


A. Domino March 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I loved this show….I can’t believe that they would cancel such a fun a refreshing show. Nonetheless, I won’t be watching ABC anytime soon.


Trace February 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

ABC is notorious for pulling stunts like this – Just look at their “Family” channel’s KYLE XY – dumped in a cliffhanger after a highly successful run – it actually brought new viewers to ABC Family. After LOST concludes, I will never let myself get into a drama on ABC again.


Ric February 22, 2010 at 9:57 pm

ABC is a crappy network. All they want to put on are stupid, boring so-called reality shows like the Bachelor, or rip-off dramas like Grey’s Anatomy. They ruined the Lost series through incompetence and there is no question as to why they are the worst of the big four networks.


kat jennings February 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I loved Eastwick, it is highly addictive.
The format was great with loads of plot potential.
What a shame that ABC does not the inclination to re promote the 1st series and create new series. They need to do more advertising.
Look what happened with Charmed – it became massive and is sorely missed.
This is the gap that Eastwick can fulfil. Perhaps another time scheldule would make it appeal to a wider audience.
Bring it Back!!! Please !!!


Lauren June 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

I absolutely agreee with you! I loved this show and Charmed!


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