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ABC cancels 'Forever,' 'Cristela,' 'Resurrection'

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ABC is lowering the ax: Freshman drama Forever AND new comedy Cristela AND sophomore thriller Resurrection AND The Taste have all been canceled. 

The moves come amid a frantic series of verdicts on new and returning shows made by the network on Thursday. The three scripted titles were modestly rated by ABC standards, with Forever delivering about 7.9 million viewers including DVR playback , Cristela bringing in 6.1 million and Resurrection earning 6.9 million. 

Yet ABC renewed far many more shows than it canceled, including two shows on the bubble to return. Both Agent Carter and Galavant have been renewed, along with a flurry of other shows that were expected to return—like Scandal, Once Upon a Time and many more

The news comes on the heels of ABC ordering six dramas, including Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, Don Johnson’s untitled oil boom project, biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, FBI thriller Quantico, anthology series Wicked City and the Joan Allen-starring project The Family. The network also ordered three comedies: a reboot of The Muppets, Ken Jeong’s Dr. Ken and Dan Savage’s The Real O’Neals, which stars Martha Plimpton.

We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details. 

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