RIP Last Resort & 666 Park Avenue – Now Where’s The Color?

RIP Last Resort 666 Park Avenue Now Where’s The Color

It seems to be an accepted fact that when it comes to television, there are just as many hits as there are misses. That same principle applies to this season, and already there have been a few losses. Just look at ABC. Just last week the network announced the cancellation of two of its new primetime shows, one of which had a lot of potential. After completing their initial 13 episode run, both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort are coming to an abrupt end. I have mixed opinions about this.

As someone that values diversity on television, I was a little bummed by the fact that these two doomed programs feature minorities in lead roles — Vanessa Williams, whom I recently wrote a column about, played the creepy, yet seductive, landlord of an apartment complex with superpowers on Avenue while Andre Braugher was in the middle of creating a dynamic and assertive character on Resort, a show dealing with naval officers. The two shows are radically different from one another, and I applaud ABC for trying to be as diverse and fresh as possible. You know the old saying — something for everyone. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that both programs were good.

I may be in the minority here, but I never found 666 Park Avenue to be enthralling. On the contrary, I had a surefire feeling that it would be canceled when I was halfway through watching the pilot. Don’t get it twisted — I love me some Vanessa Williams. I’m a fan of her work. However, she wasn’t enough to keep me coming back. Besides, history has shown that shows like this (i.e. horror and science fiction) don’t generally fare well on the major four networks. Don’t believe me? Try googling The Event, Bionic Woman, FlashForward and Surface, and tell me what you discover.

Yup. That’s what I thought. God bless them for trying though.

While Avenue left a lot to be desired in my opinion, Last Resort, on the other hand, was damn good. I’m not big on procedurals, but this one really had potential — and I’m not the only one that thought so. Numbers don’t lie, folks. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show averaged over nine million viewers. Last time I checked, that wasn’t bad. Now, um, I don’t work in television, but, uh, aren’t those good numbers? Since when does ABC have such high standards? Last week, I wrote an editorial about how I grow attached to television shows and how devastated I can become when they wrap up after years on air. Just imagine how I feel after getting connected to a show that has to end prematurely. It ain’t right, folks.

So, with that being said, do the folks at ABC care? Probably not. After all, why would they? They’re rich, and I’m sure they probably have a plethora of programs waiting to replace their departing ones. I have but only one request — let these upcoming shows be well written with colorful talented casts. Heck, it’s 2012. Let’s shake things up a bit. I’m really going to miss Last Resort, but surely there has to be a hit out there somewhere, right? One can only hope. Let’s pray that ABC gives us something worthwhile.

Anything less should be their real last resort.