Viewers will not be too shocked to learn that ABC has cancelled its Charlie's Angels reboot.
Despite the built-in brand recognition and a large marketing campaign, Charlies Angels failed to fly with audiences. The Miami-set show from Smallville duo Alfred Gough and Miles Miller had a tough time with Thursday night's heavy competition like Fox's X Factor.
There is a silver lining for fans. Unlike many of this season's other cancelled shows, ABC plans to air the remaining episodes until a replacement is decided upon. However, production has shut down.
The freshman flop premiered to lackluster but tolerable ratings, attracting 8.7 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. Yet, Angels quickly sank into the drain. While the adults 18-49 rating did improve this week to a 1.3, it actually lost the timeslot to a CW drama, The Vampire Diaries, an embarrassment for ABC.
Many lay the blame on the poorly-casted trio, headed by Minka Kelly. While Kelly has gained fame for her relationship with Derek Jeter, her turn in NBC's Friday Night Lights and her rankings in hottest women alive polls, she hasn't proved to be a huge draw for ratings.
Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh are also very attractive, but they too have been criticized for lacking star power to carry a series like this.
Critics and viewers alike generally blasted the Drew Barrymore-produced show after its premiere. This too may have led to its eventual demise.
The Hollywood Reporter's Tim Goodman called the show beyond heinous:
It contains some of the worst acting of the last decade on network television, much of it by Minka Kelly, he wrote. The writing is atrocious. It's like a spoof that suddenly took itself seriously. That ABC could have made this on the drama side and the yet-to-air 'Work It' on the comedy side - far and away the two worst shows of this new season - says a lot about what it takes to get fired in this town.
The New York Daily News' David Hinckley felt more or less the same:
The dialogue creates such a continuing problem for Kelly, Ilonzeh and Sampson that it's impossible to assess how well they play the roles. They're good eye candy. They all pack iPads. They have a certain style when they dress in pretty clothes and stride down the street together. That's just not enough.
Variety's Brian Lowry, however, was a bit friendlier:
'Charlie's Angels' -- previously revived both in primetime and theatrically -- is surely promotable, but also instantly dated. Despite cosmetic flourishes (this time even Bosley has six-pack abs) and a few modest wrinkles, it's hard to escape feeling this is the same old excuse to put 'babes' in skimpy outfits, both to thwart evil and inspire swearing off fatty foods.
Charlie's Angels joins a growing list of freshman flops that includes NBC's The Playboy Club and Free Agents, CW's H8R, and CBS' How to Be a Gentleman.
So what's next for Minka Kelly?
Not a whole lot. Kelly stars in the upcoming Searching for Sonny about three bumbling friends who go back to their high school reunion and get sucked into a small town murder mystery.
Other than that, you can expect to see Kelly in the tabloids.