ABC has cancelled the submarine-treason drama “Last Resort,” but while fans won’t get a second season, they’ve been promised one heck of a finale.
“We’re going to give you no-holds barred kick-ass ending,” series co-creator Shawn Ryan tweeted shortly after the news broke. He also confirmed the show will complete its 13-episode run.
In a wide-ranging interview with “Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show,” cited by The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan addressed everything from the show’s time slot (“brutal”) to problems with certain demographics (“There was a military aspect to the show that research showed kept some women at a distance”) to what it’s like to hear the cancellation news after poor ratings performances (“I would compare it to if you have a relative who becomes terminally ill”).
Ryan also sat with THR for a post-cancellation debrief. Warning: Major spoilers included.
While ABC won’t order more episodes — adding nine to the existing 13-episode order to complete a full season — the show is still technically under consideration to be picked up next season, according to the Deadline.com report cited above. It’s a very unlikely path to renewal, but it gives fans some hope.
However, efforts by hopeful fans haven’t brought big numbers. A Facebook page dedicated to saving the show attempted a “Contact Blitz” on Monday afternoon designed to rally its followers into jamming the ABC switchboard. Less than 40 people signed up. An online petition with the goal of 50,000 signatures had less than 400 as of Monday afternoon.
Ryan’s now free to concentrate on a TV-series remake of “Beverly Hills Cop,” which he’ll co-executive produce with original star Eddie Murphy for CBS, according to Deadline. Murphy will appear in the pilot and hand starring-role duties to Brandon T. Jackson, who’ll play Axel Foley’s son, Aaron.
To recap: Jackson stars with Murphy, who co-produces with Ryan, who gave a big interview about his Navy-themed show being shelved to Pollak, who was in “A Few Good Men” with Kevin Bacon. Circle of life, Hollywood-style.