Charlie’s Angels Cancelled
October 17, 2011 by staff
ABC halted production on the show, the first English-language television series to be shot in South Florida since Miami Vice went off the air in 1989, after less than six million viewers tuned in night’s episode on Thursday. Network officials said four episodes already completed unventilated likely to be transmitted.
Although heavily promoted by ABC and given a choice point line Thursday night, Charlie’s Angels drew only a mediocre 8.7 million viewers in its debut September 22, and lost nearly a third of them during the next month. Worse, they lost nearly 40 percent of its audience in the demographic of 18 to 49 years that the value of the advertisers.
Viewers not only fled the series, but the free-fire zone declared on Twitter and Facebook, ranking everything from the writing on the deal. “I feel like Farrah Fawcett’s just” in the sky cussin “sitting at random people,” said a Twitter comment prototype, referring to Farrah Fawcett Majors, whose career began in the 1970 original version of The Charlie’s Angels.
The critics hated the show – an action series about three female detectives dress curves and base-free – even more than the audience did. The Chicago Sun-Times called it “a proof that there are angels in hell” and TV Guide magazine he called “atrocious execution, pathetically acted and cynically conceived.”
The cast of the show and production team, painfully aware of the Nielsen numbers and revisions, had been speculating about a possible cancellation of the week, and hours before the announcement of ABC on Thursday, her trays email entry bay with some gloomy predictions.
Still, when the news was a blow.
“It’s a big disappointment. Huge,” said Ellen Jacoby, an agent in Miami Beach working cast for the show. Although Jacoby has worked with cable TV series shot in Miami, Burn Notice from USA Network Starz next Magic City, she said a series of diffusion is something special.
“It was great to have a network program,” said Jacoby. “The more exposure. More publicity.”
That was a sentiment shared by local officials to promote the South Florida film industry and television. “Certainly this is a loss of business, employment and production work high profile in our community,” said Graham Winick, film and event production, city manager of Miami Beach. “It’s also the loss of a great opportunity to show who we are as a production center.”
Despite several hit television series as CSI: Miami and Dexter is located in Miami, they do almost all their filming in Southern California, appearing in South Florida only occasionally for groundstrokes. Charlie’s Angels, however, made the most of their production here, not only with street locations, but a Wynwood warehouse converted into a set just for show. “They were probably spending and 6 million per episode,” Winick said, though he admits that much of that money did not stay in South Florida.
The cancellation means that little English-language television production will be held in South Florida for at least the next few months. Burn Notice has finished its season and will not start shooting again until April, while the Magic City involves the production of her first season in late October. A third series, a Clear & E cable network, has completed its second season – no network news if there will be a third.
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