The Assets: ABC Cancels Spy Drama — Again

The Assets TV show on ABC canceledMaybe fans of The Assets will get to see all eight episodes of the ABC series some day. The network cancelled and pulled the limited TV show after just two low-rated episodes back in January. Then, last month, the network decided to burn off the remaining episodes on Saturday nights.

Two new installments have aired on but the ratings have been dismal, even by Saturday night standards. Now, the network has pulled The Assets off the schedule once again. They’re replacing the remaining episodes with reruns of Mistresses.

Hopefully, ABC will just release the remaining episodes online so the show’s small audience can finally see the rest of them.

Hee are the press notes:

*** EPISODE CHANGE ***

SAVI REVEALS A DEVIL-MAY-CARE SIDE, KAREN’S HARMLESS ADDICTION COULD TURN DANGEROUS, A SURPRISED JOSS CONSIDERS AN UNUSUAL REQUEST AND APRIL GETS DISCONCERTING NEWS, ON “MISTRESSES,” SATURDAY, JULY 5 ON ABC

“Playing With Fire” – Savi’s sister and friends are concerned when her secret camaraderie with Zack reveals a devil-may-care side. Karen tries to heed April’s advice that her harmless addiction could turn dangerous. Scott makes his move with Joss, and then shares a surprising fantasy with her. A blissfully-in-love April gets some disconcerting news about Daniel. Meanwhile, Dom grapples with repercussions in the office after he and Savi come out about their relationship, on “Mistresses,” SATURDAY, JULY 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Note: This episode replaces “The Assets.”

“Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah (“Savi”) Davis, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis and Jason George as Dominic Taylor.

“Playing With Fire” guest stars Jason Gerhardt as Zack Kilmer, Ricky Whittle as Daniel Zamora, Rebeka Montoya as Antonia Ruiz, Corinne Massiah as Lucy Malloy, Justin Hartley as Scott Thompson, John H. Martin as bartender, Lauren McKnight as Brynn, Cleo Anthony as Aiden, Trilby Glover as red-haired woman, John Martin as Ron Mitchell, Chase Kim as Matt.

“Playing With Fire” was written by Justin W. Lo. Constantine Makris directed.

“Mistresses” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,S parental guideline.

For more information about “Mistresses” visit ABC.com/Mistresses

*** EPISODE CHANGE ***

SAVI HAS AN EPIPHANY ON THE EVE OF SIGNING HER DIVORCE PAPERS AND KAREN’S SECRET LIFE GETS THE BEST OF HER, ON “MISTRESSES,” SATURDAY, JULY 12 ON ABC

“What Do You Really Want?” – Karen’s secret life gets the best of her when she meets a guy she likes. Joss gets shocking news from Harry that could impact both of their lives. With Daniel out of town, April has her reasons to decline a dinner invitation with the wealthy parents of her daughter’s best friend. Before Savi and Harry sign their divorce papers, she has an epiphany that challenges her future with Dom, on “Mistresses,” SATURDAY, JULY 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Note: This episode replaces “The Assets.”

“Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah (“Savi”) Davis, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis and Jason George as Dominic Taylor.

“What Do You Really Want?” guest stars Matthew Del Negro as Jacob, Justin Hartley as Scott Thompson, Jason Gerhardt as Zack Kilmer, Elaine Hendrix as Samantha, Corinne Massiah as Lucy Malloy, Whitney Hoy as Molly, Barry Levy as lawyer #1, George Mitchell as bartender, Brian Hallisay as Ben Odell, Tabrett Bethell as Kate, David Haydn-Jones as Steven, Scott Bailey as handsome guy, Ryan Slater as clerk,

What Do You Really Want?” was written by Jordan Budde. Constantine Makris directed.

“Mistresses” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,S parental guideline.

For more information about “Mistresses” visit ABC.com/Mistresses

*** EPISODE CHANGE ***

APRIL BRACES HERSELF FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT DANIEL, AND JOSS GETS STRESSED OUT OVER THE NATURE OF SCOTT’S JOB, ON “MISTRESSES,” SATURDAY, JULY 19 ON ABC

“Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” – April braces herself for Daniel’s (Ricky Whittle) response when she finally confronts him to come clean. Joss finds that Scott’s (Justin Hartley) work as a plastic surgeon is testing the trust in their relationship. Dom catches Savi in a lie about her friend Zack (Jason Gerhardt) and suggests they all meet. Jacob (Matthew Del Negro) tells Karen he wants to make a go of it, but first must take care of another situation, on “Mistresses,” SATURDAY, JULY 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Note: This episode replaces “The Assets.”

“Mistresses” stars Alyssa Milano as Savannah (“Savi”) Davis, Yunjin Kim as Karen Kim, Rochelle Aytes as April Malloy, Jes Macallan as Josslyn Carver, Brett Tucker as Harry Davis and Jason George as Dominic Taylor.

“Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” guest stars Matthew Del Negro as Jacob, Justin Hartley as Scott Thompson, Jason Gerhardt as Zack Kilmer, Ricky Whittle as Daniel Zamora, Catherine Haena Kim as Anna Choi, Brooke Peoples as Autumn.

“Why Do Fools Fall In Love?” was written by Josh Reims. Ron Underwood directed.

“Mistresses” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.

For more information about “Mistresses” visit ABC.com/Mistresses

What do you think? Have you been watching The Assets? Do you think ABC should just release all of the episodes online?

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  1. says

    I believe low ratings was a lie. This was one of the most exciting stories
    that I’ve seen in ages. I’m not a binge watcher, but I was one in this case.
    It was a true story. Two women were basically responsible for finding
    the mole within the CIA………..my feeling is the CIA or FBI wanted this
    show shut down. Perhaps too much information on how they catch
    moles…who knows…but I know it could not be low rating.

  2. Alex Barry says

    Well, finally got to see the conclusion of this miniseries yesterday, and am so glad all the episodes were finally aired. This was a superlative production for network television, and unfortunately it had no chance of garnering the accolades it deserved. The casting and performances were extraordinary, and the faithful adherence to factual events was spot-on. Had this program been given its proper promotion by ABC, with a reliable and consistent timeslot, it would surely have at least earned Emmy nominations, if not Emmy awards for a variety of categories.

    It was only 8 episodes, not an indeterminate-length series. It boggles one’s mind that ABC programmers still thought they could better secure their precious prime time slots (and sell more advertising, their true raison d’etre) with drivel such as reruns of Mistresses.

    • Ray says

      Alex,

      I agree with you 100%. This was the best mini-series we have seen in a long time. I couldn’t wait to see the final two episodes which aired yesterday on ABC. Fortunately, all eight episodes are available on the ABC iPad app and probably ABC.com. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for binge watching of a spy series to go hear NOW before the CIA forces them to remove them. Really, don’t you think the CIA was involved in getting the show cancelled after all the first two episodes in the first place. With all they’re dealing with regarding the Snowden mess, they just could stand having the world know how the almost screwed up finding the mole in the CIA during the 1980’s and 1990’s; Aldrich Ames. Fortunately a few good women in the CIA pervailed over the bureaucy and routed him out. Right after the show, I rushed out to Amazon and bought the book, Circle of Treason, by the lead CIA investigators.

  3. Angela says

    The mistresses? There was a time that a mistress was looked upon as an Undesirable person. Now, ABC makes shows as if they’re worth anyone’s time. Immoral. History is not worth their time. Shameful. Boycott ABC.

  4. Angela says

    I am so mad to see that ABC cancelled again. I loved the series and was heart broken the first time the series was cancelled. Now, I am just mad.

  5. Mary Pace says

    I have been looking for additional episodes of The Assets dice it first aired. I usually watch all tv programs later on On Demand. ABC is foolish to think we drop an ongoing series to look for new programs that the network doesn’t bother to promote, but this series is so terrific and very interesting that I looked for it. No wonder people are turning to Cable networks for better availability of programs(multiple viewings at different time slots and repeated throughout the week. We get one chance not to miss network programs each week, or the network cancels the show?! They need to grow up. This isn’t how we watch television anymore! I really hope the last episodes of this excellent series are released to On Demand soon!

    • Ray says

      All of the episodes are on either ABC website our ABC iPad app. Last three episodes on ABC network on Sunday…

  6. LJ says

    It is so irritating to get hooked on a show only to have it cancelled! I really do hope they put the remaining episodes online.

  7. Watcher says

    It is an important story and well-acted. Please post the rest online. Or sell the rights to PBS for a dollar and let them run it. Don’t leave us hanging.

  8. Stephanie says

    I was really enjoying this show. It requires the viewer to think and is not as flashy as much of the stuff that is on TV. Why cancel it before the last episode? Let us see the rest of it! Who is going to to watch the “Mistresses”????

    • Ray says

      The final four episodes are airing the next two Sundays on ABC. Previous episodes are available on the ABC website our iPad app…

      • Eric says

        Thank you!! I have really enjoyed the show from the beginning. I don’t understand why the low ratings at all.

  9. NNR says

    I agree with many of the comments here. It was really good
    Show and it sucks that it didn’t capture enough of an audience to stick around. It seems to me that thankless reality tv (which isn’t even reality) have staying power but any show that requires you to think just a little bit or pay attention don’t last long. Sad really. I hope an earlier comment I read is true. I hope they finish airing the rest or at least make them available online.

  10. Curt says

    I can’t believe it. You’ve pulled this series a second time?! It’s actually been quite good and much better than much of what we see (or choose not to see). Give it to Netflix or Amazon Prime.

  11. Jo says

    Please finish running The Assets series, or make them available online. We really enjoyed the ones we saw and would like to see the entire series, especially considering it is all filmed and ready!!!!

    • Rich Gehm says

      The Assests Are coming back a week from this Sunday July 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM for Episode five and at 5 PM for Episode 6. This I confirmed with TV Guide and ABC.
      Then Aug. 3 the next Sunday at 4PM Epidode 7 and 5 PM Episode 8 The Final Episode
      We can only hope they will keep their word. So set your DVR to record the last 4 Episodes.
      Good Luck to all and keep your fingers Crossed.

  12. Lisa Stallard says

    This is really maddening! grrr!! What the heck, ABC? The shows have already been made, you keep ******** us – just show them! Pretty rotten to get our hopes up twice to see it finally completed, then pull it again! just show remaining shows and be done with it.

  13. Linda says

    I can’t believe they cancelled this again!!#?%*!! I just re-watched the first 2 episodes and then watched episode 3 and 4 on the DVR and was searching for when episode 5 is to come on and find out it’s cancelled!!! How can we get ABC to put this on line?

  14. Zoe says

    ABC Please just release the rest of the series so the fans can see it
    no matter the place or the hour, please make it available. It was a rare gem!!!

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