All the prayers in the world can't help "GCB" right now. ABC has canceled the freshman series, along with "The River" and "Missing."
It seemed destined to take over the void that was to be left when "Desperate Housewives" ended its run. But the coyly titled soap was a middle-of-the road performer, averaging less than 6 million viewers and a 1.93 in the 18-49 demo in its Sunday slot -- and must now pack its bags. Though the network hasn't officially said it has axed the series, tweets from its stars suggest it has.
"To all u #GCB fans & Amanda lovers, thx 4 the <3," said Leslie Bibb, who plays Amanda. "Appreciate it & just wait, we'll get 2 go on a new fun ride somewhere else! #lifeisperfect"
Costar Kristin Chenoweth apparently got wind of the cancellation pre-concert: "Onstage. Sound check. Bad timing abc. San Fran will get a great show tho!"
Other newbies didn't fare so well, either: "The River" and the midseason drama "Missing" are out. Reports are out that "Pan Am" has also been scrapped, but a source close to production said the network hadn't yet canceled it.
But ABC is quickly filling its newly emptied slots, announcing a heap of pickups Friday. The latest to join the bunch: "The Neighbors," which boasts Dan Fogelman ("Crazy Stupid Love") as an executive producer, is a comedy about a family who moves into an upscale New Jersey community only to discover all their neighbors are aliens; "How To Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life" is a comedy starring Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") as a divorcee who moves back in with her parents. “Malibu Country,” written by and starring the country music star Reba McEntire, centers on a woman who moves her children away from her cheating husband in Nashville and seeks to revive her singing career in Malibu.
On the drama front, the network is also picking up Shawn Ryan's "Last Resort," which takes place in the near future and follows the crew of a U.S. submarine that refuses to fire their nukes when ordered and ends up taking shelter on an island and declaring themselves an independent nation. "666 Park Ave." also got a series order. Based on a novel by Gabriella Pierce and from "Fringe" co-executive producer David Wilcox, it centers on a couple who agree to manage a historic New York City apartment complex with supernatural oddities owned by another couple, played by "Lost" alum Terry O’Quinn and "Desperate Housewives" alum Vanessa Williams.
Also getting some good news is "Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23," which got a second season renewal, "Private Practice" and "Body of Proof."
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-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Kristin Chenoweth in a scene from "GCB." Credit: ABC