In the wake of network boss Channing Dungey’s exit from the top job late last week, ABC is doing some retooling.
First up, their summer procedural drama series “Take Two” has been cancelled, the axe falling two months after the straight-to-series drama wrapped its thirteen-episode first-season run. Rachel Bilson and Eddie Cibrian led the series which averaged 3.83 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating in Live+3.
In addition, ABC has opted not to pick up the single camera comedy series “Sue Sue in the City,” a Sue Heck-centered spinoff from “The Middle.” The project may be shopped around by producing studio Warner Bros. TV. That show was to follow twentysomething eternal optimist Sue Heck (Eden Sher) as she leaves the small town of Orson to navigate the ups and downs of a career and young adulthood in the big city of Chicago.
Dungey has left after three years in the position, getting out of the job ahead of the Disney-Fox merger. During her time in charge the network has had a turbulent history from losing its two biggest creatives (Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris) to Netflix, to the unexpected “Last Man Standing” cancellation and “Roseanne” revival debacle. On the flipside, her success with “The Good Doctor” and “American Idol” have shown there’s still life left in the network which is struggling the most of the big four to adapt to a market that has mostly left them behind.