"Manhattan Love Story" is the first show to die this season
Ring the cathedral bells and don your mourning apparel. We have our first fatality of the 2014 fall season.
ABC has cancelled Manhattan Love Story after four episodes, which was actually an overly generous lifespan for a show with a ridiculously low 2.6 million people watching. The gimmick behind the sitcom was that the audience got to hear the thoughts of the two main characters in voiceover as they met and fell in love. It might have worked better if the characters weren’t unlikeable idiots—especially the guy—but maybe not; it’s a pretty lame gimmick regardless.
Before the season started, Happy Nice Time People said, “everything about this sitcom is lazy, from the setting to the characters to the jokes… And the delivery isn’t even emotionally honest; it’s more like a lame standup routine.” Our prediction: “Quickly cancelled.” So score one for us.
ABC is replacing Manhattan Love Story with a second episode of Selfie, which is also on everyone’s cancellation watch list. The only new sitcom waiting in the wings at ABC is Fresh Off the Boat, which looks so promising that the network probably wants to launch it with more fanfare in January rather than shove it in a failed show’s grave.
Still, you have to think Agents of SHIELD was hoping for a Modern Family rerun rather than more Selfie. But anything is better than following Manhattan Love Story, which has been dragging down SHIELD’s ratings all season.