ABC cancelled four series last week, and now Craig Erwich, President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, is revealing the reasoning behind dropping Rebel, For Life, American Housewife, and Mixed-ish.
Erwich said the following about the cancellation of the four shows, per Deadline:
“They are all unique shows who on their own specific timeline where they are creatively and with the audience. I can say that just because we are not ordering new seasons does not take anything away from the impact that these shows had creatively or how many fans they have on ABC. These are difficult business decisions but we are really proud of the runs that all of these shows had.”
As for Rebel, Erwich did speak about that series directly. The series was canceled after airing just four episodes. Katey Sagal, Erin Brockovich and Krista Vernoff all spoke out after the Thursday night series was cancelled. Erwich said the following about the still airing ABC series:
“Krista Vernoff is not just an amazing talent, she is a valued and beloved part of the Disney family. We gave Rebel a really considerable launch and a launch effort. It was a huge priority for us for midseason. One of the advantages of a stable schedule is, you can focus and platform new shows, which Rebel was a beneficiary of Unfortunately, it did not garner the audience that we needed it to do, so we had to make that decision.”
For Life is being shopped to other outlets, and the same could happen for Rebel.
What do you think? Do you wish ABC had kept these four shows for next season? Would you watch any of them on new homes if they are saved?
I am sad that American House Wife is gone.. They should have at least one more season and not leave us on an cliff hanger
I would definitely watch Rebel if it came on another network/streaming platform. Boo to ABC! It takes more than 4 episodes for a show to win an audience!
I hated Rebel. Glad it’s gone. I did like For Life so sorry it got cancelled.
Very upset about For Life and Rebel being cancelled! Come on ABC these are quality shows and you really didn’t give Rebel a fighting chance. Bad decision ABC! I hope someone realizes how good these programs are and picks them up!
I was really disappointed about the cancellation of For Life and Rebel. They were great shows. Didn’t look at the other two. Yes I will look at them if another network pick them. Rebel was really short lived. Sad
I am so disappointed about the cancellation of Rebel! It is the first series that I have enjoyed since the Blacklist. The cast is amazing and it just disgusts me that all the networks care about are the ridiculous reality shows that are complete garbage. I pray that some other network picks this show up because I am completely hooked. I am just about done with the networks at this point. They only use the up to 49 demographic for viewership. How about the rest of us? Don’t we count?
It is such a disappointment of canceling Rebel. It is a Great Show with Great Stars. I totally have gotten into this show. Why can’t you even give it a CHANCE! This stinks
I am so disappointed that you canceled Rebel. I thought it was a great show. You should have given it a chance.
ABC- Already Been Cancelled. You didn’t even give it a chance.
This is one of only two new series that is fantastic – it should not have been canceled – I am an avid watcher and would continue to be so – it actually requires one to have a brain to be engaged – no fluff here – refreshing series- wake up people – put it back on TV. I do not want to be spoon fed “nonsense” series
You should of given it more time I find tv people are way to impatient