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[Updated] ABC's 'Eastwick' gets the broom while 'The Forgotten' is remembered

November 9, 2009 |  6:34 pm

ABC has decided not to order additional episodes of its new Wednesday-night drama "Eastwick," which is about as close as a network gets to saying it's canceling a show these days.

While much of ABC's Wednesday night has been a pleasant surprise with "The Middle," "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" all getting full-season pickups, "Eastwick" has been pulling in Jay Leno-like numbers at 10 p.m., often averaging less than 5 million viewers. The show, which stars Rebecca Romijn and Lindsey Price, is based on the John Updike book. While it spawned a moderately successful movie, this is the third time an attempt to make a TV series based on the book has fallen short.

The other Wednesday night ABC show whose fate is up in the air is the 8 p.m. sitcom "Hank," starring Kelsey Grammer. "Hank" has also been an under-performer and will likely not have any additional episodes ordered.

ABC did give its Tuesday freshman drama "The Forgotten" some good news and ordered five more episodes. That's a network's way of saying we sort of like you, but we're not sure how much.

[Updated Tues. 1:00 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to ABC's "Eastwick" as "The Witches of Eastwick." The post has been updated to reflect the change.]

-- Joe Flint