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Lincoln Heights: ABC Family TV Series Cancelled, No Season Five

Lincoln HeightsIt looks like the story of the Sutton clan has come to an end. ABC Family has quietly decided to cancel Lincoln Heights after four seasons.

Lincoln Heights tells the story of Officer Eddie Sutton (Russell Hornsby) who moves his family back to his old neighborhood. Other castmembers include Erica Hubbard, Nikki Micheaux, Rhyon Brown, Mishon Ratliff, Robert Adamson, and Michael Reilly Burke.

The TV show debuted on January 8, 2007 and the first season was successful enough to warrant a renewal by March. At that point, it was one of the cable channel’s higher performers in the key demographics.

While announcing that the second season would kick off in September 2007, ABC Family President Paul Lee said, “We really think we have something unique here… The fact that it’s an African American family drama alone separates it from the crowd, but its terrific cast and superb writing also make it truly special and perfect for ABC Family.”

Should Lincoln Heights have been cancelled?

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Following season two, it took several months for ABC Family to decide to bring Lincoln Heights back for a third round. They finally did and that kicked off in September 2008. The audience grew and the show became the cable channel’s top performer among Females 12-34 and Female teens. It didn’t take as long to renew the series for year four.

Season four kicked off in September 2009. It ended up being one of the channel’s weaker programs of 2009, being outperformed by other ABC Family shows, including cancelled Kyle XY.

No specific reason was given for the Lincoln Heights cancellation. However, though it’s been favored by some critics, the series has never been a big hit for the cable channel and has only been given 10 episode renewals each season.

What do you think? Are you upset or surprised that the series has been cancelled? Do you think the last episode of Lincoln Heights is a worthwhile series finale?


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Kiesha July 26, 2014 at 9:48 pm

I really think you guys suck cancelling Lincoln height Season 5 cause the last episode wasn’t not a good season finale! please bring the show back I know its been years but. this is a Great SHOW!!


Dylan July 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Im madly upset that the canceled season 5 it was one of my favorite tv series


jessenia July 26, 2014 at 1:03 am

Love the show. hubby and I started watching it on Netflix, and now we are sad we are almost done with it. Now, some are not good actors, but the show has a enough good actors to even it out. I wish the show was better advertised. good show


Daniel July 25, 2014 at 11:33 am

Dear scheduling executives,
I watched all four seasons of Lincoln Heights this pass weekend, the best t.v. series I have watched since the Cosby Show. Did not know the show was canceled until now. I was glued to the seat in my living room. The show, writing, and acting was outstanding, I really enjoyed every episode. This is what is defined as quality TV. Please find a way to make more TV episodes, the kind of tv this country needs.


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