UPDATE, 02:17 AM: Well ABC’s renewals and cancellations have panned out more or less as everyone predicted. In addition to the cancellations of Body of Proof, Happy Endings and Malibu Country (as detailed below), the network has now cancelled low rated freshman drama series Red Widow and freshman comedy series Family Tools and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life).
PREVIOUS, 01:58 AM: While ABC is busy picking up new pilots for next season and renewing numerous shows, some less than pleasant calls are also being made. The network has just cancelled drama series Body of Proof and comedy series Happy Endings and Malibu Country.
Body of Proof, which underwent retooling for a third season, had largely been tipped to receive a four season renewal due to strong international sales and the tax incentives the show receives. The cancellation comes as a surprise and just goes to show that the retool curse is alive and well – I can’t think of any show in recent years that underwent retooling post launch and went on to be successful.
As for Happy Endings and Malibu Country, the cancellation of Happy Endings has long been expected due to the substantial drop in ratings the show suffered this year. There has been rumours floating that USA Network would pick up the series should it be cancelled by ABC. Now that that has happened, expect those discussions to begin in earnest. Malibu Country did ok numbers in its Friday night-slot, but they just weren’t strong enough to warrant renewal.