ABC cancels 'Last Resort,' '666 Park Ave.'
BY RITA SHERROW World Television Writer
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
11/20/12 at 6:02 AM
"Last Resort" and "666 Park Avenue" have joined the ranks of freshman TV series that have been canceled.
ABC announced Friday it would not be ordering the back nine episodes of the two dramas. Each had an original 13-episode order. That means the shows will, at this time, air out their last episodes and could still be under consideration for next season.
"News is true. No Back 9 for #LastResort," tweeted the series' co-creator and executive producer, Shawn Ryan, according to deadline.com.
"We will film and air all 13 episodes. We're going to give you no-holds barred kick-ass ending ... Technically #Last-Resort isn't canceled but I understand why some are using the term. Still 6 more eps to air. Miracle unlikely but possible."
Ryan also told fans of the show not to blame ABC.
"For the record ABC was always fantastic with us in every regard. Don't get mad at them. If you'd like to curse out Nielsen viewers though..."
"Last Resort," starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, and "666 Park Avenue," starring Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn, join CBS' "Partners" on the cancellation list. Repeats of "Two and a Half Men" will fill the 7:30 p.m. Monday time slot previously held by "Partners."
Freshman shows already canceled include CBS' "Made in Jersey" and NBC's "Animal Practice."
NBC has ordered an additional four episodes of "Guys With Kids" and ABC has ordered three more scripts for "Malibu Country" starring Oklahoma's Reba McEntire.
Robin Roberts has setback
A virus landed "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts back in the hospital, 60 days after her bone marrow transplant.
She blogged that it was a complication of the transplant she underwent in September.
"After about a week back in the hospital, I returned home Friday night," Roberts wrote in her ABC News blog Sunday. "A latent virus, many of us have, was not responding to medication and was pulling down my numbers. Our immune systems usually take care of a virus like this ... but mine is only 59 days old."
The 51-year-old received her sister Sally Ann's donor cells on Sept. 20 to treat the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome.
While returning to the hospital was difficult, she said, she had the same medical staff taking care of her.
"The wonderful doctors, nurses and support staff lifted my spirits," she added. "It was comforting seeing them again. They assured me the majority of BMT patients have to be re-admitted to the hospital for various reasons.
"I decided to look at my brief stay as a 'tune up'... and then I would be back on the road to recovery. By the grace of God, I am!"
Roberts said doctors have since gotten the virus under control and said she's been "moved to tears" by all the support she's received from her "GMA" family and viewers.
On Tuesday, the show plans to air an interview Roberts did with her sister. The news show airs 7-9 a.m. weekdays on ABC, channel 8.
Underwood wins at AMAs
Oklahoma country superstar Carrie Underwood took home "Album of the Year - Country" for "Blown Away" at Sunday's American Music Awards and, afterwards, she talked to toofab.com about "representing country music" on the show, collaborating with Aerosmith and having Thanksgiving with friends.
Performing for an audience of her peers is different than a regular concert, the Checotah native told PopSugar editor Lindsay Miller.
"I think I put a lot of pressure on myself because I want to represent country music well," she said. "... I feel like I got do this for the team."
She said collaborating with Aerosmith was a dream come true.
"I've known Steven (Tyler) for a while," she said. "We first sang together on the ACMs a couple of years ago... We have a really great relationship. I love his talent, I love his voice.
"I feel like he has been influencing me my whole life and I didn't even know it.
"Being on that album is a bucket list thing. I can't believe I'm, me, I'm on an Aerosmith album!" she said.
While she's on the road on her "Blown Away" tour, she said she does several things to make her bus "homey." She has the same mattress topper as at home, she brings along her photos, her dogs and candles and she cooks.
"That keeps me a real person if somebody is not doing everything for me."
She said she will be cooking a lot of Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday in Nashville.
"We kind of got all of our friends together who don't have a lot of family in the area. Make food, cook, eat, drink wine and be thankful. It may be a new tradition of just getting all of us loners together."
Underwood will perform in concert Wednesday at Tulsa's BOK Center. To read her interview, go online to tulsaworld.com/carrie
Bieber talks kids, marriage
Reining pop star Justin Bieber, winner of three awards at Sunday's American Music Awards, talks marriage and kids on Oprah Winfrey's "Oprah's Next Chapter" Sunday.
On the episode, Winfrey and Bieber talk about him saying in another interview that he wants to be married by age 25. The never-married Winfrey disagrees in a video posted on etonline.com.
"I think 25's too young, actually. I really do - and particularly for you," Winfrey says in a video preview of their interview. "Your whole 20s is about discovering who you really are, and you owe that to yourself, particularly because of the business that you're in (where there's) not a lot of self-discovery time because so much is already defined for you.
"You're entitled to your opinion but rethink it," she tells him, and he seems to take her advice to heart.
"We will see when I get there. I mean I'm not there yet," said the Canadian singer, who has been dating actress/singer Selena Gomez for the past two years.
"... You are Oprah and you are telling me to not get married by 25, I should probably listen to you."
He also commented that he wants a "handful" of kids.
The episode airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on OWN, cable 106.
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Carrie Underwood performs"Two Black Cadillacs" at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. MATT SAYLES / Invision / AP
Carrie Underwood performs "Two Black Cadillacs" at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. MATT SAYLES/AP