ABC Cancels 'Cristela,' 'Forever,' Resurrection' & 'The Taste'


Ioan Gruffudd in "Forever" (Photo by ABC)

LOS ANGELES - ABC has axed first-year series "Cristela," "Forever," "Resurrection" and the reality competition show "The Taste."

"Cristela," a Latin-themed sitcom starring standup comedian Cristela Alonzo, who also created the show saw its ratings drop after an opening episode that garnered a presentable 6.5 million viewers. The show then went on to average just 5 million thereafter.

“Forever” starred Ioan Gruffudd as Dr. Henry Morgan, a medical examiner who was born in 1779 and who examines deceased crime victims in an effort to discover the reasons for his own immortality. The cast included Alana de la Garza, Joel David Moore, Donnie Keshawarz, Lorraine Toussaint and Judd Hirsch. The show was averaging nearly 7 million viewers after debuting with 12 million viewers.

Likewise, "Resurrection," which told the story of dead loved ones coming back to life, will not be returning. The cast was led Omar Epps (“House M.D.”) in a leading role, with Frances Fisher, Matt Craven, David Kelley, Mark Hildreth, Samaire Armstrong, Landon Gimenez and Kurtwood Smith.

The culinary competition series "The Taste," starring Nigella Lawson and Anthony Bourdain is also out after languishing near the bottom of the ratings, averaging just 3.6 million viewers.

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