ABC has canceled “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue,” according to the Hollywood Reporter The network will air what’s left of the initial 13 episodes, despite ordering two additional scripts from both series. No word yet on when the finales will air.
Both series struggled to retain a sizeable network audience, despite heavy critical buzz. “666 Park Avenue,” starring Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams, consistently fell in the ratings, averaging 5 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The cancelled “Pan Am” suffered a similar fate in the same timeslot last fall. Last Sunday’s episode matched a series low of 4 million viewers with a 1.3 rating.
“Last Resort,” starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, couldn’t keep up with the valuable and historically stiff competition on Thursday nights. The show averaged 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 rating from the target demographic. “Charlie’s Angels” also failed to deliver last season in the same timeslot. Its most recent episode tied a series low of 5.8 million viewers with a 1.2 rating. Additionally, sources report ABC is displeased that Shawn Ryan already has a “Beverly Hills Cop” sequel with Eddie Murphy and Brandon T. Jackson in development at CBS.
While fans of the cancelled shows are no doubt upset, it reinforces the idea that major networks are no place for new and unusual television. Had either show debuted on a smaller venue like a cable network, they most likely would have been picked up for the full season. When you sit down to order at a restaurant, not everything on the menu can be $30 filet mignon. The audience wants to order mac-n-cheese once in a while and these shows are our comfort food. The unreasonable expectations of a major network likely sank the shows before we really got a taste.
The television landscape isn’t as bleak as it seems. Each week we’ll countdown the best in sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal television for the viewer with discriminating tastes. Here is this week’s Watchlist for Nov. 19–25.
‘Bones’ (8 p.m., Fox)
(“The Bod in the Pod”) The Jeffersonian team investigates the death of a crime scene cleanup expert whose remains are found mysteriously sealed in an impenetrable pod that washed up on the beach. Meanwhile, Angela and Hodgins learn that Cam is involved in a secret romance. Who do you think Cam is dating? Do you think it is someone that “Bones” fans have seen before? Could it perhaps be Wendell (Michael Grant Terry), Angela’s former flame?
‘Castle’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“After Hours”) In the aftermath of a disastrous “Meet the Parents” dinner, a bickering Castle and Beckett are sent to retrieve the only witness to a murder. But when they get ambushed, they’re forced to take the witness on the run. Stranded in the middle of the night in a bad part of town, with no phone, badge or gun, Castle and Beckett must find a way to protect him from a team of mobsters who want him silenced — that is, if they don’t kill each other first. “Death by Chocolate” is the perfect way to go!
‘Revolution’ (10 p.m., NBC)
(“Kashmir”) Miles and the gang are bound for Monroe’s lair — Independence Hall, but their efforts are impeded when they begin to have difficulty separating fantasy from reality. Meanwhile, Danny starts to grow suspicious of his mom, Rachel. Two Led Zeppelin songs are featured in this episode, “Kashmir” and “Since I’ve Been Loving You,” with the former providing the soundtrack for the epic reunion of Miles and Monroe. Will Miles be able to kill Monroe? Only two episodes left until “Revolution” returns March 2013.
Our search revealed no genre shows of note for the TV Watchlist. Found something missing? Email us if you’d like to see your show added to the list!
‘Arrow’ (8 p.m., The CW)
Returns next week with “Muse of Fire.”
‘The Neighbors’ (8:30 p.m., ABC)
Returns in two weeks with “Merry Crap-Mas.”
‘Dark Matters: Twisted But True’ (9 p.m., Science)
(“Agent Orange, Ben Franklin: Fraud Slayer?, Price of Beauty”) Returning on a new night and time this fall, Science returns to the laboratory to unearth history’s most sinister tales. Hosted by the incomparable John Noble (“Fringe,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), the show opens forbidden research records on the most shocking scientific studies ever executed. From gruesome lobotomy experiments, to controversial CIA studies, to spine-chilling accounts of live human transplants, the all-new season shows that science fact can be stranger — and even more entertaining — than science fiction. The six world premiere episodes take audiences inside a real-life Twilight Zone, where shocking CGI re-creations illustrate unforgettable tales of genius gone horribly awry.
‘Ghost Hunters’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Higher Dead-ucation”) The team visit Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.
‘NOVA’ (9 p.m., PBS)
(“Ancient Computer”) In 1900, a storm blew a boatload of sponge divers off course and forced them to take shelter by the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Diving the next day, they discovered a 2,000 year-old Greek shipwreck. Among the ship’s cargo they hauled up was an unimpressive green lump of corroded bronze. Rusted remnants of gear wheels could be seen on its surface, suggesting some kind of intricate mechanism. The first X-ray studies confirmed that idea, but how it worked and what it was for puzzled scientists for decades. Recently, hi-tech imaging has revealed the extraordinary truth: This unique clockwork machine was the world’s first computer. No device of comparable technological sophistication is known from anywhere in the world for at least another 1,000 years. So who was the genius inventor behind it? And what happened to the advanced astronomical and engineering knowledge of its makers?
‘Supernatural’ (9 p.m., The CW)
Returns next week with “Hunteri Heroici.”
‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ (10 p.m., FX)
(“The Origins of Monstrosity”) A young girl is mysteriously abandoned at Briarcliff. Sister Mary Eunice quickly tells the girl she’s the devil. Welcome to the Asylum! Later, more about Bloody Face’s past is revealed. Will Lana break her chains and escape?
‘Deals from the Darkside’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
(“Inquisitor’s Cloak & Hindenburg”) A replica inquisition cloak may turn out to be real. A possible piece from the Hindenburg; and a sword that may be from Gettysburg.
‘NOVA scienceNOW’ (10 p.m., PBS)
Replay episodes of this season can be seen on PBS. Check your local listings.
Note: Due to the Thanksgiving (U.S.) holiday, most of the regularly scheduled shows have been pre-empted. Catch up on repeat episodes or see below for a listing of the next new installment.
‘Star Trek: The Next Generation Marathon’ (12 p.m., BBCA)
BBC America’s Annual “Star Trek” marathon counts down 14 episodes of the seventh season “The Next Generation” beginning at noon.
‘Big Bang Theory’ (8 p.m., CBS)
Returns next week with “The Parking Spot Escalation.”
‘Last Resort’ (8 p.m., ABC)
Returns next week with “Big Chicken Dinner.”
‘The Vampire Diaries’ (8 p.m., The CW)
Returns next week with “My Brother’s Keeper.”
‘Beauty and the Beast’ (9 p.m., The CW)
Returns next week with “Out of Control.”
‘Person of Interest’ (9 p.m., CBS)
Returns next week with “’Til Death.”
‘Elementary’ (10 p.m., CBS)
Returns next week with “The Long Fuse.”
‘Fringe’ (9 p.m., Fox)
Returns to Fox in two weeks with “The Human Kind.”
Did you miss any episodes of the past five seasons of “Fringe”? Never fear, the show has been announced for syndication on the Science Network. Season 1’s pilot premieres tonight, then “Fringe” moves to its new night each week, Tuesday at 8 p.m. In the pilot episode, an FBI agent recruits a brilliant but incarcerated scientist (John Noble) and his estranged, sharp-witted son (Joshua Jackson) to investigate an airborne tragedy that may harbinger a trend of increasingly unsettling phenomena.
‘Ghost Adventures’ (9 p.m., Travel)
(“Union Station”) Kansas City’s historic Union Station is investigated by the team.
‘Grimm’ (9 p.m., NBC)
The fall season concluded last week’s exciting episode with an enormous “To be continued.” Currently, there’s no exact date for Season 2’s return in the spring. However, we have a sneak peek clip to make you howl for more…
There’s no way around it, Nick and Captain Renard will have a major showdown after Renard gets hot and heavy with Juliette. Also, we haven’t seen the last of evil Adalind.
Enjoy the holidays, because 2013 is going to be “Grimm.”
‘Haven’ (10 p.m., Syfy)
Returns next week with “Burned.”
‘A Haunting’ (10 p.m., Destination America)
(“Back from the Grave”) A North Carolina couple call paranormal experts for help after they become convinced a dark force is messing with their children.
‘Hunted’ (10 p.m., Cinemax)
(“Polyhedrus”) The team is concerned about Jack Turner’s connection to a Pakistani presidential candidate, while Sam’s investigation unveils a connection between Hourglass and her previous mission.
‘R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour’ (6 p.m., The Hub)
(“My Imaginary Friend”) Shawn becomes friends with a mysterious being Travis (who may be a ghost), but the two have a problem when Shawn’s brother doesn’t get along with Travis.
‘Celebrity Ghost Stories’ (9 p.m., Biography)
D.B. Sweeney; Adrian Zmed; Eddie Money; DJ Nicole Leone: D.B Sweeney is assaulted by a violent entity; Adrian Zmed is attacked by the ghost of a stage performer from the 1800s; Eddie Money encounters the spirit of a young girl; and DJ Nicole Lenoe senses paranormal activity after getting a tattoo.
‘Dungeons and Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness’ (9 p.m., Syfy)
(“Original Telefilm”) Demons and dragons are fought by a brave warrior, who risks his life by infiltrating a group of villains in order to rescue his father from a madman hellbent on destroying the world.
‘The Haunting of…’ (10 p.m., Biography)
(“Kelly Carlson”) Kelly Carlson confronts spirits at her childhood home in Bloomington, Minnesota.
‘Mythbusters’ (8 p.m., Discovery)
(“Explosions A to Z”) Kari, Grant, Tory, Adam and Jamie look back at some of their favorite explosions from the series.
‘Once Upon a Time’ (8 p.m., ABC)
(“Into the Deep”) After a one week hiatus, “Once Upon a Time” returns with magical dreams, a Queen of Hearts and zombies. Cora does everything in her power to steal the compass away from Mary Margaret and Emma in her quest to find the entrance to Storybrooke. Meanwhile, in order to protect Henry from further danger, Regina and Mr. Gold must put David’s life in jeopardy in an attempt to put him in contact with Mary Margaret across the lands to give her vital information that could help her and Emma return through the portal back to Storybrooke.
‘Dexter’ (9 p.m., Showtime)
(“Helter Skelter”) As Dexter scrambles to track down Isaak, a power struggle erupts among the Koshka Brotherhood, which could prove an advantage for Dexter. Meanwhile, Miami Dade tries to smoke out the Phantom Arsonist. Lately, Dexter hasn’t been very successful at shaking Deb off his tail. So, will Dexter make any successful kills this episode?
‘The Walking Dead’ (9 p.m., AMC)
(“When the Dead Come Knocking”) The Governor seeks information, while a new arrival at the prison forces Rick to make a decision. Are the walkers knocking on the doors of Woodbury or the prison?
‘The Mentalist’ (10 p.m., CBS)
(“Black Cherry”) The CBI team investigates the murder of a real estate agent with former gang ties, while Jane searches for leads on his new connection to Red John. Monique Gabriela Curnen (“Lie to Me”) guest stars.
‘666 Park Ave.’ (10 p.m., ABC)
(“Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”) Jane disappears without a trace but then suddenly pops up in the middle of Times Square and is taken to a hospital for observation. Meanwhile, Victor Shaw is held captive in the Drake’s boiler room and tortured by Kandinsky in hopes that he will reveal the location of the red box; and Brian discovers that his creativity is directly linked to being with Alexis. Only six episodes left until ABC tells “666 Park Avenue” to go to …
‘Talking Dead’ (11 p.m., AMC)
(“When the Dead Come Knocking”) Host Chris Hardwick is joined by celebrity guests to recap this week’s episode and take your questions live.
‘Comic Book Men’ (11:30 p.m., AMC)
Watch Kevin Smith and his crew of fan boys turned pop culture experts live, work and breathe comic books. Mike, Walt, Ming and Bryan geek-out over rare artifacts and memorabilia and discover treasures of the comic collecting world. Realize your inner superhero and satisfy your fan boy fantasies by joining their outrageous podcasts where they tackle the burning questions all fans grapple with.