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QUICK TAKES : 'Witches' seems cursed

November 10, 2009|Joe Flint

ABC has decided not to order any additional episodes of its new Wednesday night drama "The Witches of Eastwick," which is about as close as a network gets to saying they're canceling a show these days.

Although much of ABC's Wednesday night has been a pleasant surprise with "The Middle," "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" getting full-season pickups, "The Witches of Eastwick" has been pulling in Jay Leno-like numbers at 10 p.m., often averaging fewer than 5 million viewers. The show, which stars Rebecca Romijn and Lindsay Price, is based on the John Updike book.

The other Wednesday ABC show whose fate is still up in the air is the 8 p.m. sitcom "Hank," starring Kelsey Grammer.

ABC did give its Tuesday freshman drama "The Forgotten" some good news, ordering five more episodes. That's a network's way of saying we sort of like you, but we're not sure how much.

-- Joe Flint

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday, November 14, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction
"Eastwick": A Quick Takes item in Tuesday's Calendar section about the cancellation of the ABC series "Eastwick" misidentified the show's title as "The Witches of Eastwick."

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